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The Corporate Sector and the Global Obesity Pandemic

Monday, January 26, 2009 (All day)

Full title: What role should the corporate sector play in tackling the global obesity pandemic?


Time: 6pm-7.30pm


Speakers:  Dr. Derek Yach, Director of Global Health Policy, PepsiCo
Professor Philip James, Chair, International Task Force on Obesity


Chair: Professor Sir Andrew Haines, Director, LondonSchool of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine


Venue: The Wilkins Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, University College London,
Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT


Details: More than one billion adults worldwide are overweight and 300 million of them are obese, putting them at much higher risk of diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure, stroke and some forms of cancer. Amid government efforts worldwide to develop effective policy responses, and initiatives by corporations to introduce more socially responsible practices, one key issue that the public health community must consider is the role that the corporate sector should play.  Key issues to be addressed in this session include:  Are corporations part of the problem or part of the solution?  How can regulation be used to change trends in obesity?  Are voluntary measures adopted by industry genuine efforts to change or ways to avoid stronger regulation?  Are food corporations really changing their ways?


This debate is part of the Controversies in Global Health Series organised by the Centre on Global Change and Health based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


Contact: For more information contact Ela Gohil, Administrator at the Centre on Global Change and Health.