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Meat lobby peddles doubt to undermine dietary guidelines

Cross–posted from Al Jazeera

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, updated every five years, never fails to cause a stir. For the current revision, released in February, a federally appointed scientific committee — after a two-year review of the latest research and numerous public hearings — has recommended (PDF) lowering consumption of red meat and processed meat. Continue reading Meat lobby peddles doubt to undermine dietary guidelines

How Cheap is Corporate Talk?

A new study posted on the Social Sciences Research Network by James W. Coleman at the University of Calgary in Canada compares the statements that oil companies make to regulators and to investors. The abstract is below.

When companies face adverse proposed rules, they may want to Continue reading How Cheap is Corporate Talk?

Beyond Apologies: An Interview with Debra Efroymson

Debra Efroymson is Regional Director for HealthBridge, a global nonprofit organization that aims to improve the health of vulnerable populations and to develop new solutions to preventing and reducing the inequitable distribution of noncommunicable diseases. Based in Bangladesh, she has written about livable cities, tobacco control and NCD prevention. Her new book Beyond Apologies: Defining and Achieving an Economics of Wellbeing is Continue reading Beyond Apologies: An Interview with Debra Efroymson

Trans Pacific Partnership Leak shows how corporations can sue governments

The recent leak of a secret chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s Investor-State Dispute Settlement system (ISDS) is getting many people on both the left and the right upset. In this interview from the Washington Post, Rachel Wellhausen, at the University of Texas explains how the ISDS works.

Advertising Happy Meals to Children—An Interview with Jim Sargent

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The proportion of children with any recall of 1) a premium/tie-in, 2) any food, or 3) healthy food after seeing fast-food television advertising targeted to children, by company (McDonalds, Burger King).

Earlier this month, PLOS One publishedChildren’s Recall of Fast Food Television Advertising—Testing the Adequacy of Food Marketing Regulation”, a report on a study that Continue reading Advertising Happy Meals to Children—An Interview with Jim Sargent

Better Air Quality Improves Child Health

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that steep decline in air pollution in Southern California since the mid-1990s is strongly associated with “statistically and clinically significant improvements” in children’s lung function and growth. The study provides the strongest evidence yet that years of government regulations to reduce air pollution in California and across the nation are paying off with measurable improvements in children’s health.

Negotiating healthy trade in Australia: Health impact assessment of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

The Centre for Health Equity, Training Research and Evaluation at the University of New South Wales in Australia has released a report assessing the health impact of the Trans Pacific Partnership. The executive summary is below. Read the full report.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is Continue reading Negotiating healthy trade in Australia: Health impact assessment of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement