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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Thursday, March 2, 2006

The Terror Within

The LA Times reports on the United States' Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona's  announcement yesterday that fat is the "terror within" and threatens the United States as much as the 9/11 terrorists.  He said,

"Obesity is the terror within," Richard H. Carmona said in a University of South Carolina lecture. "Unless we do something about it, the magnitude of the dilemma will dwarf 9/11 or any other terrorist attempt.

"Where will our soldiers and sailors and airmen come from?" he said. "Where will our policemen and firemen come from if the youngsters today are on a trajectory that says they will be obese — laden with cardiovascular disease, increased cancers and a host of other diseases when they reach adulthood?"

Perhaps the use of 9/11 has gone just a bit too far . . . [bm]

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