Citation: Stuckler D, Nestle M (2012) Big Food, Food Systems, and Global Health. PLoS Med 9(6): e1001242. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1001242
Published: June 19, 2012
Copyright: © 2012 Stuckler, Nestle. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Funding: No specific funding was received for writing this article.
Competing interests: MN and DS are the guest editors of the PLoS Medicine series on Big Food.
Abbreviations: LMIC, low- and middle-income country; SSB, sugar-sweetened beverage
Provenance: Commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.
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 . About one billion people are hungry, while two billion people are overweight . 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 ,[4