The Eighth European Public Health Conference was held in in Milan, Italy last week.
Among the many excellent presentations was one by Heide Weishaar and Katherine Smith of the UK, titled: “Better the devil you (don’t) know? A comparison of the tobacco, alcohol and processed food industries’ perceived political legitimacy.” You can see the slides here.
It’s a particularly interesting presentation that touches on the complexities that can arise when health advocates call for more regulation, or increased scrutiny, of the food industry.
Among the takeaways for health advocates:
“1. Use existing evidence more effectively to increase awareness of harms caused by health damaging products.
2. Improve/increase advocacy and campaigning to challenge ideological opposition to regulation and counter normalization of alcohol and ultra-processed food.”