November 30th, 2013
When Will You Stop Taking Money From Junk Food Peddlers?
By Nancy Huehnergarth
Dear Dr. McCollum and Dr. McInerny,
I am not a registered dietitian. Nor am I a pediatrician. Yet, I am deeply dismayed that both the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) allow junk food purveyors to be financial sponsors of your professional organizations.
I’m hardly the only one who is concerned. Many of your own members are troubled by your organizations’ sponsorship policies—policies that allow companies that peddle unhealthy food and drink such as PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Nestlé and McDonald’s, to donate money in order to gain coveted sponsorship status and exhibit space at your yearly conferences. For example, this year Coca-Cola had a large booth at both of your yearly expos. Pepsi also had a booth at the AND expo, while McDonald’s and Nestle were listed as sponsors of the AAP conference.