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Nestle Fight Behind Scenes at UN Threatens Campaign on Deadliest Diseases  

Nestle, Glaxo Lobby UN Over Biggest ‘Epidemic’ Battle
Jump to full article: Bloomberg News, 2011-09-16
Author: Jason Gale and Duane Stanford

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On the table are proposals to fight obesity, cut tobacco and alcohol use and expand access to lifesaving drugs in an effort to tackle unhealthy diets and lifestyles that drive three of every five deaths worldwide.

On the table are proposals to fight obesity, cut tobacco and alcohol use and expand access to lifesaving drugs in an effort to tackle unhealthy diets and lifestyles that drive three of every five deaths worldwide. Photographer: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Nestle SA (NESN), GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK) and SAB Miller SA face health lobbyists next week in New York as the first United Nations General Assembly on disease since the 2001 AIDS summit tries to combat the world’s biggest killers.

Company officials join political leaders and health groups to produce a plan to reverse the rising tide of non-communicable diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart and lung disease that the World Health Organization says a study found will cost the global economy more than $30 trillion over the next 20 years.

On the table are proposals to fight obesity, cut tobacco and alcohol use and expand access to lifesaving drugs in an effort to tackle unhealthy diets and lifestyles that drive three of every five deaths worldwide. At stake for the makers of snacks, drinks, cigarettes and drugs is a market with combined sales of more than $2 trillion worldwide last year.

“It’s kind of like letting Dracula advise on blood bank security,” said Jorge Alday, associate director of policy with World Lung Foundation, which lobbies for tobacco control.

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