Infecting academic conferences: brands linked to ill health

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Flint, Stuart W (2015)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
  • Journal: The Lancet Global Health, volume 3, issue 5 (issn: 2214-109X)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1016/s2214-109x(15)70091-4
  • Subject: RA1-1270 | Public aspects of medicine

Empirical evidence shows the links between sweetened soft drinks (1,2) or fast food (3) and chronic illness such as obesity and diabetes. However, as a researcher investigating the causes of obesity, I have become disappointed at the presence of brands of unhealthy products at major conferences relating to obesity, physical activity, and nutrition. In recent years, brands such as Coca Cola Inc and McDonalds Corp have sponsored several conference events.
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    Academy of Sport and Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing Research Institute, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield S10 2BP, UK

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    3 Prentice AM, Jebb SA. Fast foods, energy density ad obesity: a possible mechanistic link. Obes Rev 2003; 4: 187-94.

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