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Big Food, Food Systems, and Global Health

  • David Stuckler ,

    ds450@cam.ac.uk

    Affiliations Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Department of Public Health & Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

  • Marion Nestle

    Affiliations Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University, New York, New York, United States of America, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, United States of America

Big Food, Food Systems, and Global Health

  • David Stuckler, 
  • Marion Nestle
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This article was commissioned for the PLoS Medicine series on Big Food that examines the activities and influence of the food and beverage industry in the health arena.

As the PLoS Medicine series on Big Food (www.ploscollections.org/bigfood) kicks off, let's begin this Essay with a blunt conclusion: Global food systems are not meeting the world's dietary needs [1]. About one billion people are hungry, while two billion people are overweight [2]. India, for example, is experiencing rises in both: since 1995 an additional 65 million people are malnourished, and one in five adults is now overweight [3],[4