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Food industry obfuscates healthy eating message

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7407.121-a (Published 17 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:121
  1. Charles Marwick
  1. Washington, DC

    Food giants are going to enormous lengths to obfuscate US government health messages on healthy eating, according to a recent symposium held in Washington, DC, by a consumer advocacy group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, on how corporations seek to influence science and science policy.


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    “Food is big business, $1.3 trillion [£0.8 trillion; €1.2 trillion] in revenue yearly,” said Dr Marion Nestle from the department of food and nutrition studies, New York University. “It supplies an average of 3900 kilocalories [16.3MJ] daily [the recommended daily intake is 2200-2500 kilocalories …

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