Weighty Problems

There’s a Limit to the Number of Issues That We Can Panic Over
by Michael Cook


Which of the following should keep you awake at night counting the minutes until the clock strikes Doomsday: Terrorism? Climate change? SARS? AIDS? Well, according to public-health expert Lawrence Gostin of Georgetown University, your answer should be “none of the above.” In a burst of impassioned rhetoric, he told a summit run by the Oxford Health Alliance (OxHA) in Sydney earlier this year that although global terrorism is “a real threat,” it’s just a teddy bear next to the 800-pound gorilla of obesity.

“Ever since September 11, we’ve been lurching from one crisis to the next, which has really frightened the public,” Gostin said. “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.”

Taken from issue 5. Continue reading at www.salvomag.com

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