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A real killer!

Professor Paul Zimmet AO is director of the International Diabetes Institute and was the chairman of the 10th International Congress of Obesity held in Sydney a couple of weeks ago. When Zimmet speaks, with all the authority and expertise he brings to bare on the subject, people need to listen.

Writing in The Australian, here, following the conference in Sydney, he said:

"Obesity is the single most important challenge for public health in the 21st century. More than 1.5 billion adults worldwide and 10 per cent of children are now overweight or obese. Yes, the world's waistline is bulging - some cynics call the phenomenon "Globesity". Professor Philip James, chairman of the International Obesity Task Force, warned the congress that it is sweeping the world with terrifying rapidity.

Obesity is the driving force behind type 2 diabetes, which causes significant cardiovascular complications, kidney failure, blindness and amputations. This is leading to decreased life expectancy from type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer."

The time-bomb is ticking! And what is the Federal Government doing? Not even taking notice of all the experts who say that advertising of sugar-filled drinks and other pap should be banned from TV. Shameful! - with the consequences, and cost, of obesity being something the whole community will, eventually, have to bare.


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