Beverage Industry Buys In to PAHO
October 20th, 2012 by MorganDowney
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Reuters, which had a highly critical report on Michelle Obama’s child obesity campaign, has now revealed that the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), a regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO) has taken funds from food and beverage companies implicated in the obesity epidemic, contrary to WHO guidelines. PAHO did not begin to take industry money until this February but since then has received $50,000 from Coca-Cola, $150,000 from Nestle, and $150,00 from Unilever. Reuters reports that WHO has cut its own funding for chronic disease programs by 20% since 2010. While chronic diseases cause 63% of premature deaths worldwide, the WHO department to fight them receives 6% of the agency budget, forcing them into “partnerships” with the food and beverage industry. An arm of PAHO, the Pan American Forum touts the benefits of membership as helping businesses avoid regulation and influence regulatory environments. Reuters: Special Report: Food, Beverage Industry Pay for Seat at the Health Policy Table.
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