Seven-year itch: The UK Government’s difficult relationship with the food and drink industry since ‘Healthy Lives, Healthy People: A call to action on obesity in England (2011)
Flint, S.W.; Oliver, E.J.
Objective: Unhealthy food and drink consumption is associated with a range of physical and mental health concerns. In response, public health policies have been developed targeting a reduction in obesity in particular. In the present commentary we argue that government–industry partnerships have reduced the effectiveness of resultant policies and explore why. Design: Perspectives of authors. Setting: UK. Participants: Populations in the UK; UK Government. Results: Industry involvement has presented three interrelated challenges for the UK Government: (i) balancing collaboration while maintaining appropriate distance from industry stakeholders; (ii) resultant production of ‘watertight’ and effective legislation or intervention; and (iii) actual or perceived limited sanctioning or bargaining power. Conclusions: Industry involvement in public health policy making has led to weak action. Support with policy implementation (rather than development) and genuine ‘buy-in’ from industry could accelerate the pace of public health improvement.
Flint, S., & Oliver, E. (2019). Seven-year itch: The UK Government’s difficult relationship with the food and drink industry since ‘Healthy Lives, Healthy People: A call to action on obesity in England (2011). Public Health Nutrition, 22(7), 1326-1329. https://doi.org/10.1017/s1368980019000053
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Jan 3, 2019|
|Online Publication Date||Mar 6, 2019|
|Publication Date||Mar 6, 2019|
|Deposit Date||Jan 7, 2019|
|Publicly Available Date||Mar 21, 2019|
|Journal||Public Health Nutrition|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
Accepted Journal Article
This article has been published in a revised form in Public health nutrition https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980019000053. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © The Author(s).
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