On the eve of World Obesity Day, join us to unravel the role of corporate interests in influencing public perception of science, particularly health research.
Science, including health research, has been particularly susceptible to “Truth Decay” – the increasing reliance on opinion over fact. How have we reached a point where the public does not know what to believe about immunisation, dietary recommendations, the effectiveness of drugs, or the harms of chemicals? Conflicts of interest and bias are two key drivers of Truth Decay related to health. Corporate interests have a long, long history of influencing how people understand science – particularly science as it relates to their products or profits.
This event will explore the role of corporate interests in influencing the production, dissemination and use of health evidence and describe systemic changes that are needed to fight Truth Decay in order to address large scale and complex problems. Delivered on the eve of World Obesity Day, this event will consider the impact of Truth Decay on the obesity epidemic, the role of media in an environment that promotes obesity, and what’s needed to tackle this challenging problem.
This event was held at the University of Sydney on Wednesday 10 October 2018.
Wednesday 17 October
A panel, featuring international expert Eric Holt-Gimenez, explore how social movements across the globe are transforming systems for food and farming sustainability.
Monday 29 October
An expert panel addresses the challenges faced by patients, researchers, doctors and regulators in Australia and around the world.
Thursday 29 November
Our expert panel of Professor Stephen Simpson, Emily Maguire and Louise Stone sets the record straight on the causes of obesity, and explains why the finger of blame should not be pointed at the individual.