Special Report: Food, beverage industry pays for seat at health-policy table

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AZreb wrote:

“….hundreds of thousands of dollars….” – in Mexico, “mordita” (bribes) are a way of life in government, in business and now in the health care unit of the UN. And we, the US, fund the UN along with other countries who are also fighting the obesity battle.

Does anyone see something wrong with this picture?

Oct 19, 2012 7:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:

WHO and the UN are more concerned over some overweight people, than a greater number of starving childen and people around the globe.
The UN is a total joke who’s goal is world control and taking of peoples’ freedoms. I went to the beach several times this year and had a great time looking at the women and college girls in bikinis. Only a few were obese, and I remember thinking “where are all the fat people we hear so much about?”. There have always been a portion of the world that was overweight (whatever that is), and there always will be.
Not everyone thinks being a Skeletor is healthy.

Oct 19, 2012 8:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
r.felder wrote:

Without having to read this long article, all anyone has to remember is this: Big Food has only one motive: profit. This motive is inconsitent with one for good heath, period.

Oct 19, 2012 8:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JeffreyV wrote:

Why that’s almost as crazy as giving the huge pharmaceutical companies a say in setting health guidelines! Oh, wait a minute….

Oct 19, 2012 9:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

Why do stock photos never show faces on fat people? If the majority of people in America are now fat (as these articles contend), isn’t fat the new normal? Why the special protection about something so common?

Oct 19, 2012 11:41am EDT  --  Report as abuse
kehenalife wrote:

taking money from COCA-COLA for obesity programs is like taking money from the CARTELS for the cocaine problem. PURE CORRUPTION!

Oct 19, 2012 4:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Moveribfan wrote:

Thank you Reuters for this Special Report: Food, beverage industry pays for seat at health-policy table. You have put in black and white what many people have been talking about “somewhere in the world”. It is revealing for most of the people and policy makers, and it is another “little problem” for the food industry. It does add to ammunition if one wants to fight. WHO has to STAND UP NOW and talk, Chan cant just avoid an interview being DG. This is quite misleading to the governments who rely on WHO advice. At the same time Governments and politicians need to “INTROSPECT” what are you going to do with more of GDPs if your people are losing out on health. I like to challenge the Coke and Nestle who call it “convergence of interest”; are we talking about public health guys OR how to make more money. Interests converge surely for the latter. Yesterday we found Nestle funding a research on obesity led by a leading professor well know in this field in India, a product that would be found in market soon, sure it is ‘convergence’ of interest here as both make money from the people who are losing out on their health. WHO will have to take a call on this way or that way. If WHO continues to take money from from the food industry, it should be openly declared that the policy it is making could be questionable. Declaration of conflict is NOT enough. Finally the same is happening over and over in all the UN partnerships around child health, nutrition and survival where the products in question may not be as damaging as sodas but they could be unnecessary or event draining out national budgets and industry makes its money. ‘Convergence of Interest’ a nice new term come to stay it seems.

Oct 19, 2012 12:58am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Dabbe wrote:

“I personally do not see any major conflict of interest,” she said. “I see much more convergence of interests.”

Is this pure stupidity or excellent rhetoric?
The conflict is, of course, in the implicit need to converge interests.
The question therefore should be; if at any event interests do not converge, which one shall be made to converge on the other?
I guess the answer here is WHO will be assimilated.

Oct 23, 2012 6:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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