Obesity and diabetes: the slow-motion disaster
In her keynote address at the 47th Meeting of the National Academy of Medicine, Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, highlighted the rising rates of obesity around the world. She concluded:
“When crafting preventive strategies, government officials must recognize that the widespread occurrence of obesity and diabetes throughout a population is not a failure of individual willpower to resist fats and sweets or exercise more.
It is a failure of political will to take on powerful economic operators, like the food and soda industries.
If governments understand this duty, the fight against obesity and diabetes can be won. The interests of the public must be prioritized over those of corporations.”