Before you continue, I tell you that it will be difficult to finish giving a concrete answer to this question. At least I do not intend to dare. You may wonder then why the hell I bring up this topic today. This is easier to answer: last week a certain media stir was generated when, from different headlines , we were led to believe that the United Nations had made a statement in this regard arguing that following an inadequate diet was more dangerous to health. than smoking . Did any of these institutions actually issue an official statement in this regard? No. Not much less.
The origin of the news we have in the statements of a high commissioner of the United Nations, in particular Olivier de Schutter , who on May 19 last published an article entitled, as is, Unhealthy diets greater threat to health than tobacco (La mala Food is a more important threat to health than tobacco) which is far from saying that poor nutrition is worse for health than tobacco.
In his article, Mr. de Schutter , makes it very clear arguing that although the general population has quite clear and identified what are the health risks derived from smoking, that is, smoking; This perception of risk (or its magnitude) is not so obvious when talking about following an inadequate or insane diet . Something that if nothing, has little to do with the headlines of last week and the decontextualized reading that could be taken by a few citizens. I give you an example so that it is understood better.
Suppose that within all the risks that involve the loss of human lives
someone identifies two in particular: the death in traffic accidents, and the death caused by uncontrolled snipers on the roofs of buildings. Well, what Mr. de Schutter came to say is that, today and in real life, traffic accidents pose a more important threat to life than the presence of snipers on the rooftops. Nobody escapes to us that, fortunately, there are not usually many snipers provided at the top of the buildings firing at the general population although, if there were, this would be a significant risk situation. Well, people know that tobacco kills, but they are not so aware that bad diet can do it too.
On which of the two risks is higher: bad diet vs tobacco, I do not think the important thing is to make this type of balance . Both are important risks, so it is best to try to follow a diet appropriate to our circumstances and, obviously, not to smoke. In these cases it can also be good to respond to the Galician, that is, with another question that helps clarify reality: if when you are leaning on the railing of a balcony it breaks and you fall into the void, what will have worse consequences, fall from the height of a 56th floor or from that of a 64th? Well, that.