A new report in BMJ Global Health explores the links between unhealthy commodity industries (UCIs) such as tobacco, alcohol, unhealthy food, and gambling; analyzes the extent of alignment across their corporate political strategies, and proposes a cohesive systems approach to research across UCIs. The authors conclude that UCIs employ shared strategies to shape public health policy, protecting business interests, and thereby contributing to the perpetuation of non-communicable diseases. A cohesive systems approach to research across UCIs is required to deepen shared understanding of this complex and interconnected area and to inform a more effective and coherent response.
Power and the commercial determinants of health: ideas for a research agenda
Another new report in BMJ Global Health examines how corporate actors use power to both coerce and appease their opponents. Understanding how corporate actors exert power can provide public health researchers and advocates with insights into the sources and consequences of corporate actors’ market and political control and illuminates opportunities to challenge or diminish this power.
Launch of new book: At What Cost Modern Capitalism and the Future of Health
On March 16 at 4 pm, the new book by Nicholas Freudenberg At What Cost Modern Capitalism and the Future of Health will be launched at an event sponsored by the CUNY School of Public Health. The book examines how recent changes in capitalism have made it more difficult for people to get the food, health care, education, work, transportation, and social connections needed to sustain health. Marion Nestle, NYU Professor Emerita of Nutrition, and Mary Bassett of Harvard University will comment. The book is available from Oxford University Press.