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The perils of ignoring history: Big Tobacco played dirty and millions died. How similar is Big Food?  
http://www.milbank.org/870110.html

Compares how both the tobacco and food industries influence public opinion, legislation and regulation, litigation, and the conduct of science. Argues for better standards that are not regulated by the food industry itself.

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Published: 2009
The food insecurity-obesity paradox as a vicious cycle for women: a qualitative study  
http://www.acewh.dal.ca/pdf/Full%20Plate-Oct12.pdf

Relates the stories of women who have experienced weight gain in the context of food insecurity and offers insights into the nuances of the food insecurity-obesity paradox. Looks at how, for these women, this paradox affected their daily lives, what challenges they faced as well as what coping strategies they used.

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Published: 2012
Food insecurity-obesity paradox for women in Atlantic Canada  
http://www.cwhn.ca/en/networkmagazine/foodinsecurity

Network article that discusses the results of the study The Food Insecurity-Obesity Paradox as a Vicious Cycle for Women: A Qualitative Study by the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women's Health. The study investigated the links between moderate food insecurity, overweight/obesity and chronic disease for women in Atlantic Canada, especially those in marginalized and vulnerable populations. 

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Published: 2012
Food insecurity and obesity: understanding the connections  
http://frac.org/pdf/frac_brief_understanding_the_connections.pdf

Discusses recent research that shows a higher risk of overweight/obesity among food insecure women than among food insecure men.

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Published: 2011
The nutrition transition and obesity  
http://www.fao.org/FOCUS/E/obesity/obes2.htm

Explains ‘nutrition transition’ – major changes in diet and physical activity – a phenomenon underlying the rising rates of obesity in the developing world.

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Food sovereignty: power, gender, and the right to food  
http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001223;jsessionid=B3E96C8EB9C8EC441423EACDC629D616

Argues that gender is key to food insecurity and malnourishment because women and girls are disproportionately disempowered through current processes and politics of food's production, consumption, and distribution.

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Published: 2012
The perils of ignoring history: Big Tobacco played dirty and millions died. How similar is Big Food?  
http://www.yaleruddcenter.org/resources/upload/docs/what/industry/Foodtobacco.pdf

Compares how both the tobacco and food industries influence public opinion, legislation and regulation, litigation, and the conduct of science. Argues for better standards that are not regulated by the food industry itself.

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Published: 2009
The fat of the land: do agricultural subsidies foster poor health?  
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1247588/

Discusses the possible effects of farm subsidies on unhealthy food produced in the U.S. and argues for more subsidies for fruit and vegetable growers to encourage healthier eating.

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Published: 2004
There is a public health crisis – it’s not fat on the body but fat in the mind and the fat of profits   
http://ije.oxfordjournals.org/content/35/1/67.full

The author of Fat is a Feminist Issue argues that the way obesity is being framed as a crisis or an epidemic is stigmatizing overweight people and adding dangerously to disordered eating, which is itself a serious public health emergency.

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Published: February 2006
“Recipes for hunger: Saskatchewan women speak about food insecurity”, a webinar for organizations across Canada  
http://www.pwhce.ca/news_webinarFeb.htm

Explores in a webinar format how policies & initiatives aimed to address food security (right to food) influence women’s health in urban, rural and remote locations in Saskatchewan. Reports on research by Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence researcher Yvonne Hanson, entitled “Gender Lens on Food Insecurity: Comparative Case Studies on Women’s Health in Urban, Rural and Remote Locations in Saskatchewan”. (54 minutes)

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Published: February 2011