Junk Food Politics By Eduardo J. Gómez

  • Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Release date: 04-25-23

Junk Food Politics By Eduardo J. Gómez AudioBook Summary

An interesting public health paradox has emerged in some developing nations. Despite government commitment to eradicating noncommunicable diseases and innovative prevention programs aimed at reducing obesity and type 2 diabetes, sugary beverage and fast food industries are thriving. But political leaders in countries such as Mexico, Brazil, India, China, and Indonesia are reluctant to introduce policies regulating the marketing and sale of their products. Why?

In Junk Food Politics, Eduardo J. Gomez argues that the challenge lies with the strategic politics of junk food industries in these countries. Industry leaders have succeeded in creating supportive political coalitions by, ironically, partnering with governments to promote soda taxes, food labeling, and initiatives focused on public awareness and exercise while garnering presidential support (and social popularity) through contributions to government anti-hunger and anti-poverty campaigns. This tactic and others have hampered people’s ability to mobilize in support of stricter regulation for the marketing and sale of unhealthy products.



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