While The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics continues to propagate the idea that public health successes can only come from sitting at the proverbial table with the food industry (can anyone think of a single tangible success that has come from that approach?), experts around the globe continue to point out why this thinking is flawed.
Earlier this year, renowned journal The Lancet featured an article on concerns that surround industry self-regulation.
The authors’ take? “Self-regulation is like having burglars install your locks,” said Professor Ron Moodie of the University of Melbourne, Australia. “You feel you’re safe, but you’re not.”
And then there’s this:
“The researchers were unable to find any health benefit to industry involvement in voluntary regulation or public-private partnerships. Industry documents, they say, reveal how companies shape public-health legislation and avoid regulation. They build “financial and institutional relations” with health professionals, non-governmental organisations, and national and international health agencies, says the paper. They distort research findings and they lobby politicians to oppose health care reform.”
The article also lists ten recommendations for action. Among them:
“Funding and other support for research, educations, and programmes should not be accepted from the tobacco, alcohol, and ultra-processed food and drink industries or their affiliates and associates.”