WEDNESDAY 16 DECEMBER 2020: DEPARMENTAL WEBINAR SERIES
Dr Luke Allen, Research Associate at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford / WHO Consultant, HQ Integrated Health Services team and WHO European Office for Non-Communicable Diseases
Death by chocolate: the political economy of global tobacco, alcohol, and junk food consumption
Over the past century, globalization and evolutionary biology have done a number on us. Growing wages, improved living conditions and increasingly ubiquitous creature comforts have all-but banished the scourges of starvation, death in childhood, and infectious diseases. However obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, COPD and dementia have risen to take their place – driven by the spread of new commercial vectors of disease: tobacco, alcohol, and junk food.
This interactive seminar will guide you through the past 200,000 years of human development, challenge your assumptions about poverty and healthy choices, and explore which countries are doing the best job of combatting unhealthy industries. Dr Allen will draw on his extensive work on non-communicable diseases and the commercial determinants of health, as well as his experience advising governments and working at WHO in this interactive online seminar. There will be space to discuss the myriad questions that this topic brings up – especially around ideology, democracy, freedom to make bad choices, and the role of government in protecting health.
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