Disease Proof

Obesity, Worse than Terrorism

This seems pretty radical to me, but one health professional feels that world governments focus too much on fighting terrorism and not enough on fighting obesity. Lawrence Bartlett of the AFP reports:
Overcoming deadly factors such as poor diet, smoking and a lack of exercise should take top priority in the fight against a growing epidemic of preventable chronic disease, legal and health experts said.


Global terrorism was a real threat but posed far less risk than obesity, diabetes and smoking-related illnesses, prominent US professor of health law Lawrence Gostin said at the Oxford Health Alliance Summit here.

"Ever since September 11, we've been lurching from one crisis to the next, which has really frightened the public," Gostin told AFP later.

"While we've been focusing so much attention on that, we've had this silent epidemic of obesity that's killing millions of people around the world, and we're devoting very little attention to it and a negligible amount of money."
This sounds like rabblerousing to me, but no doubt, obesity is a major problem. What do you think about this?
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