The Nutrition Society of Malaysia, led by Dr. Tee E Siong, has set out to study the diets and lifestyle habits that have made Malaysia Asia’s fattest country. Yet the studies are funded and reviewed by Nestle, the world’s largest food corporation. Dr. Tee claims that working with multinational companies to create healthier foods is more effective than trying to influence smaller food vendors, and he blames lifestyle as a cause of obesity more than food. According to Nestle, their review of the scientific research is to “ensure that the methodology was scientifically correct”.
“The research exemplified a practice that began in the West and has moved, along with rising obesity rates, to developing countries: deep financial partnerships between the world’s largest food companies and nutrition scientists, policymakers and academic societies.”
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