In this short article from the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Drs. Yoni Freedhoff and Paul Hébert share their take on why partnerships between health organizations and the food industry risk derailing public health nutrition.
Among the many quotable passages:
“When they partner, health organizations become inadvertent pitch-men for the food industry. They would do well to remember that corporate dollars always introduce perceived or real biases that may taint or distort evidence-based lifestyle recommendations and health messages.”
Even perceived biases are problematic, since they diminish health organizations’ credibility and trust with the public and other health professionals.
How can the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics expect its constituents to be seen as nutrition experts by others when the organization as a whole is perceived to be an extension of the food industry?