"World governments are focussing too much on fighting terrorism while obesity and other 'lifestyle diseases' are killing millions more people, an international conference heard Monday.Global terrorism was a real threat but posed less risk that obesity? Was? Is this professor living in the same age that I am?
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 chronic disease, legal and health experts said.
Global terrorism was a real threat but posed far less risk than obesity, type two diabetes and smoking-related illnesses, US law professor 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 focussing 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."
Like terrorism, some passing health threats get major government attention and media coverage, while heart and lung disease, diabetes and cancer account for 60 percent of the world's deaths, the meeting was told.
Obesity is NOT worse than, or even the same as Terrorism. Obesity may be a factor in diseases that kill millions of people each year. But it's no terrorism. Please, AP, let's report another story that dumbs down terrorism to make people less afraid. Because that helps us in the global war on terror. Idiots.
I'm not sure how people could sit in a conference and listen to imbeciles argue that obesity should be given more money than the war on terror. Instead of frightening the public by raising the terror alert or sending more weapons and gear to the troops abroad, we should stop that and turn our attention to obesity, because surely that will put the fear of God into people.... WHAT?!
There is a great voice out there for all sorts of diseases influenced by obesity- heart disease is the focus this month and everyone is wearing red for women! It's something to be dealt with seriously, that people should take personal responsibility for, that food companies and others can start to turn their attention to healthier choices and lifestyles.
But please don't try to compare obesity to terrorism or terrorists. It does not plot on a daily basis how to take out millions of Americans. Terrorists do. It does not hate our way of life, our freedom, the very air we breathe. Terrorists do. Obesity does not hide in caves, cowardly and afraid. Terrorists do. Obesity does not lie it's way into a country, murder itself as a "martyr for its god" or terrorize innocent citizens trying to live their daily lives. Terrorists do.
We should fear the terrorists. They want to KILL us. Obesity can be brought under control with a little discipline, exercise and moderation. Try taming a terrorist with those tools, moron.