Gov. Sam Brownback is urging communities to fight obesity, saying people are eating themselves to death.

Gov. Sam Brownback is urging communities to fight obesity, saying people are eating themselves to death.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://is.gd/Vab9aI ) reports that Brownback's comments came Monday during the second annual Kansas Obesity Summit in Topeka. Brownback urged health care advocates from across the state to take a local approach to combating obesity that focuses on incentives and events.

As an example of incentive-based health efforts, Brownback cited his Governor's Weight Loss Challenge. In that event, he and a team of four others set a weight-loss bar and then encouraged other teams of five state employees to try and beat it. Those that did shared a $30,000 prize pool donated by sponsors.

Brownback also praised 10K races and other local events that get communities talking and training together.