Richard Carmona, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from Arizona, said that obesity would "dilemma will dwarf 9/11 or any other terrorist attempt."

"Obesity is the terror within," Carmona told a University of South Carolina audience in early 2006, according to a wire report from then. "Unless we do something about it, the magnitude of the dilemma will dwarf 9-11 or any other terrorist attempt."

Carmona made the comments when he was the U.S. surgeon general.

Carmona worried that obesity would decimate the military. Carmona said then, according to the Associated Press: "Where will our soldiers and sailors and airmen come from? ... 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?"

The problem, Carmona contended, resulted from health illiteracy by the American people.

The Democratic Senate candidate is facing off against Republican congressman Jeff Flake in Arizona.

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