‘Big Food’ scrutiny as important as alcohol, tobacco

Health professionals should recognise the influence of Big Food on public health and participate in campaigns to prevent marketing to children and to increase taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages, researchers said in a series of reports published by the open access journal.

“Food, unlike tobacco and drugs, is necessary to live and is central to health and disease. And yet the big multinational food companies control what people everywhere eat, resulting in a stark and sick irony: one billion people on the planet are hungry while two billion are obese or overweight,” the editors wrote.

The food industry is