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ONLINE ONLY: PRE-PACKAGED: CORPORATE AND POLITICAL INFLUENCES ON CHILDREN’S NUTRITION

7:30pm-8:45pm on Thursday 31 March

Times shown are in GMT (UTC +0) up to the 26th March. For events on or after 27th March times are in BST (UTC +1).

Join Dr Sarah Steele as she explores the levels of influence that industry exercises over public policy and addresses the question: how can we build healthier food environments for children in the UK?

Extensive publicity calls out – and even blames - caregivers for poor childhood nutrition, especially paediatric obesity. Caregivers are told they should just choose healthier food for their children.

However, well-publicised research and investigative reporting have upended many long-held nutritional beliefs and debunked ‘choice’ rhetoric. Many acknowledge that parental influence is not capable of correcting the course of poor childhood nutrition. Politics and industry influences are significant, and need to be addressed.

In this talk for the Cambridge Festival, Dr Sarah Steele, of the Intellectual Forum and Cambridge Public Health, will explore the levels of influence industry exercises over public policy and asks: how can we build healthier food environments for children in the UK?

She will highlight the situation during the COVID-19 pandemic – when public policy measures to improve childhood nutrition were often suspended, and how industry and industry groups responded to the opportunities this presented. Armed with new data from across Cambridge’s caregivers and schools, she will ask: What have we learned for future crises? What have we learned about what works to build a healthier future for England’s children? What can caregivers really do to make a difference to their childrens’ health?

Booking/Registration is: REQUIRED

Additional Information

Age: Adults
Format: Talk
Timing: Live Stream, Available on Demand
Cost: Free
Event Capacity: 80
Theme: Society, Health
Accessibility: Hearing loop, Full access

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