Oh boo hiss, those poor public health academics troughers from the University of Otago really do need to get over themselves.
Today’s ODT runs the article Challenging ‘big food’ can mean attacks, continuing the positioning of troughers as hard done by because they are apparently facing a dastardly foe called ‘big food’. This time the comments are from visiting Oxford University academic Professor David Stuckler, who says:
Taking on “big food” and other business interests can mean facing personal attacks and underhand tactics from powerful vested interests, a prominent Oxford University professor told health academics in Dunedin yesterday.
The “real politics” of the arena included attacks aimed at individual careers, and attempts to create arguments and division within the ranks of health advocates, Prof David Stuckler, a professor of political economy and sociology, said.
Tactics used by “big tobacco” appeared to be deployed by “big food” companies, too.
“We confront powerful vested interests who make and manufacture products that when used as intended cause grave harm.”
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