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Are food companies part of the solution to obesity | Food Politics

... Dr Lobstein suggests that claims by large food companies to be an essential part of the solution  to obesity should be challenged.

These companies do not manufacture essential food items….They produce branded, mass-produced, processed snacks and beverages which are not necessary in a healthy diet.

Such companies should not be claiming a right to be included in policy decisions, and should not be displacing producers of healthier foods, such as fruit and vegetable growers, who are a legitimate part of the solution.

“The fox guarding the hen house” is an old expression that fits very well the public statements we are seeing now from large food companies who are “eager” to help Americans slow down the obesity epidemic.   This article makes a strong point – let the companies have too strong a hand in food policy and this epidemic will steam ahead full speed…

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