Summary #1278

Study highlights ‘systematic opposition’ to regulation in tackling NCDs from food industry

bath.ac.uk
  • Public health regulation against unhealthy diets is strongly opposed by the food and drinks lobby.
  • Unhealthy diets lead to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), like heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
  • Food industry lobby groups oppose regulations, and also challenge scientific evidence about harmful effects of substances like sugar.
  • Researchers suggest that they are using similar arguments as the tobacco industry lobbies used in the early 2000s.
  • Experts say this study is enlightening, and that industries should not be allowed to dilute public health policy.

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