Regulate unhealthy food like cigarettes, campaigners urge

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 23 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3487
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

The World Health Organization is being urged to introduce a “tobacco style” response to unhealthy food in a bid to curb the global epidemic of obesity.

The World Obesity Federation and Consumers International are calling on this week’s World Health Assembly in Geneva, WHO’s decision making body, to develop a global convention on food regulation, similar to the international Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

They described the tobacco convention as among the fastest treaties in history to be negotiated, adopted, and entered into force but added that “unhealthy dietary patterns now rank above tobacco as the …

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