One of the many problems that stems from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ partnerships with Big Food and Big Soda giants like Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kellogg’s, and General Mills is that it is in complete opposition to the way in which other well-known health organizations view the food industry.
This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) — a reputable entity often cited for its level-headed and objective approach to health sciences –publicly decried the food industry’s “deadly” promotion of cheap and convenient food.
Specifically, WHO “recommends legislation to help curb consumption of unhealthy foods and provide informative labeling, as well as nutrient profiling and regulated marketing of food products, requiring the food industry to take responsibility,” an article in Food Navigator explains.
While in this particular instance the WHO is more obesity-focused than we would like (after all, consumption of unhealthy foods has health consequences on individuals who are at “normal” weights), they acknowledge the importance of:
- Promoting fruits and vegetables in schools.
- Taxing unhealthy foods to reduce intake.
- Controlling advertising and promoting physical activity to children.
Note that there is no recommendation to “sit at the table” with industry, or allow industry to educate health professionals on issues of nutrition.