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Letters Ultra-processed foods and adverse health outcomes

It is time for a coalition against ultra-processed foods

BMJ 2024; 384 doi: (Published 28 March 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;384:q748
  1. Richard M Hoffman, associate lecturer
  1. University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK
  1. R.Hoffman{at}

The formation of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) by the Royal College of Physicians in 1971 to lobby and campaign for tobacco control was a major step forward in public health. Since poor diet has overtaken smoking as the leading killer in many Western countries, it may now be time for a coalition against ultra-processed foods (UPFs).

The case for such a body is further advanced by the new umbrella review of …

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