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Manufacturing Epidemics: The Role of Global Producers in Increased Consumption of Unhealthy Commodities Including Processed Foods, Alcohol, and Tobacco

  • David Stuckler mail,

    ds450@cam.ac.uk

    Affiliations: Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Department of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom, South Asian Chronic Disease Network, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, India

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  • Martin McKee,

    Affiliation: Department of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

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  • Shah Ebrahim,

    Affiliation: South Asian Chronic Disease Network, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, India

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  • Sanjay Basu

    Affiliations: Department of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom, Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States of America, Division of General Internal Medicine, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, California, United States of America

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  • Published: June 26, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001235

About the Authors

David Stuckler
Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
David Stuckler, Martin McKee, Sanjay Basu
Department of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom
David Stuckler, Shah Ebrahim
South Asian Chronic Disease Network, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, India
Sanjay Basu
Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States of America
Sanjay Basu
Division of General Internal Medicine, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, California, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: ds450@cam.ac.uk

Competing Interests

MM is a member of the Global Health Advisory Committee of the Open Society Institute and has served on advisory boards for Merck & Co (1999-2006) and Johnson & Johnson (2006-2009). He has received research funding from the Rockefeller Foundation and expenses from projects funded by the Gates Foundation to attend scientific meetings LSHTM receives funding from the Gates Foundation, and was the recipient of the 2009 Gates Award for Global Health. DS is a guest editor of the PLoS Medicine series on Big Food. All other authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Analyzed the data: DS SB SE MM. Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: DS. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: DS MM SB SE. ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: DS MM SB SE. Agree with manuscript results and conclusions: DS MM SB SE. All authors contributed to the interpretation of the data.