Doctor tells Channel 9 “no overweight people in concentration camps”

August 12, 2015 by J-Wire News Service
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A doctor who told Channel 9’s “Today” host Karl Stefanovic that “there were no overweight people in the concentration camps” when talking about obesity has been strongly criticised by community leaders.

Dr Ric Gordon was being interviewed following a report from CSIRO that Australians eat three times more junk food than they should.

Dr Ric Gordon   Channel 9

Dr Ric Gordon Channel 9

Referring to people in concentration camps Dr Gordon said: “Now they weren’t exercising a lot, they just weren’t eating,” adding Now I’m not going any further with that except to say that what you put in your mouth ends up on your hips.”

An awkward Stefanovic  told viewers: “He said it, not me” while host Lisa Wilkinson said: “I’m moving on.”

Peter Wertheim, executive director of The Executive Council of Australian Jewry told J-Wire: “To suggest that the starvation of people in concentration camps is a useful yardstick for assessing weight loss programs reveals a truly shameful ignorance, superficiality and lack of insight.   What was done to people in concentration camps was intended to harm and eventually kill them, not make them healthier.  For a person in a respected profession to make such a comparison is a disgrace.”

Vic Alhadeff, CEO of The New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies  added: ““To reference the Nazi camps, where millions perished from enforced starvation and brutality, as part of a discussion on how to lose weight is the height of insensitivity at best, and ignorant and disgraceful at worst.”

The interview, which was live, appeared to be cut short. Today is screened nationally.

J-Wire has asked Channel 9 for a comment. They are yet to respond.



3 Responses to “Doctor tells Channel 9 “no overweight people in concentration camps””
  1. Danuta Glendenning says:

    Well, this is again all that pc mentality speaking. People who lived in Germany proper (not the camps) were also thin as rakes. This doctor just states the fact that obesity is due to overeating. But the fat people don’t like to hear that. They want to believe they are sick and innocent, and can’t help that they are fat.

  2. Ruth Wein says:

    Now an expert on WW 11 history. Hope his supposed IVF expertise is somewhat better.

  3. Eion Isaac Israel says:

    Many doctors have a horrific dark side .45% of all doctors in Germany were members of the Nazi Party and there were more than enough for Selections and sadistic experiments like Mengele .That does not mean this doctor is in anyway like this it would be apalling to falsely accuse .But the insensitivity is there .

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