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The Politics of Healthy Eating

Luc De Keyser
Board of Contributors
Feb 15, 2017 | 08:07 GMT
Stamping out unhealthy eating could take centuries, far longer than the lifespans of populations whose health is already in jeopardy.

Stamping out unhealthy eating could take centuries, far longer than the lifespans of populations whose health is already in jeopardy.

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Since U.S. physiologist Ancel Keys began the famous (and to some, infamous) Seven Countries Study in 1956 linking diet to coronary heart problems, officials have been slow to act. Cardiovascular disease is still the leading cause of death worldwide; of those deaths, as many as three-fourths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Though we have made significant headway in areas like reducing the use of tobacco, have we really done enough to tackle unhealthy diets and the health problems they can cause?...

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