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Skeptics Ponder Food Industry’s Commitment To Conquering Global Obesity

April 23, 2010: 11:53 PM EST
Though the food industry says it’s committed to reducing obesity and improving global health and nutrition, skeptics wonder about the depth of the commitment. “Big Food,” they say, is a major contributor to the world’s so-called “over-nutrition” problem, sometimes referred to as “eating too much junk food.” Can the food industry really be counted on to follow a course of action that might end up hurting its own sales and profitability? Experts argue that, despite some visionary executives and corporate cultures, there’s little evidence that Big Food is “becoming even a small part of the public health solution – rather than just a large part of the problem.” And relying on it to address the global obesity problem unilaterally is like basing global warming solutions on “the goodwill of the automobile industry.”
MARK BITTMAN, "Can Big Food Fight Fat?", New York Times, April 23, 2010, © The New York Times Company
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