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Obesity task force linked to WHO takes “millions” from drug firms

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7555.1412-a (Published 15 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1412
  1. Ray Moynihan
  1. Byron Bay, Australia

    The International Obesity Task Force has relied heavily on funding from the drug industry for a decade, despite being widely seen as an independent think tank and having ties to the World Health Organization.

    Set up in the mid-1990s with help from grants from three drug companies, the task force aims to portray obesity as a “serious medical condition” and to promote better prevention and management strategies.

    It has a high media profile and is highly influential. A senior US member and a well respected authority on obesity, William Dietz, is currently one of the driving forces behind a …

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