Causes or Cures

From Cigarettes to Calories: How Tobacco Companies Shaped America's Food Industry, with Dr. Tera Fazzino

November 30, 2023 Dr. Eeks/Dr. Tera Fazzino Episode 162
Causes or Cures
From Cigarettes to Calories: How Tobacco Companies Shaped America's Food Industry, with Dr. Tera Fazzino
Show Notes

In this episode of Causes or Cures, Dr. Eeks chats with Dr. Tera Fazzino about her research on how the biggest US tobacco companies owned the leading food companies from 1988 to early 2000s and disproportionately produced hyper-palatable foods (HPFs). She explains what a hyper-palatable food is and how they are created, the theory for why some Americans get hooked on them, and how these foods may impact our health. Then she takes us back in history to describe when and why the tobacco industries owned and controlled leading food companies (Kraft, Nabisco, General Foods...) and how her and her team determined that they were making hyper-palatable foods. She also discusses what is happening with the current food industry, why this is a big public health issue, and what we can do to move toward a healthier food supply.

Dr. Fazzino is Associate Director of the Cofrin Logan Center for Addiction Research and Treatment at the University of Kansas and a Professor in the Department of Psychology.  She has a doctorate in experimental psychology and her research focuses on addiction, obesity, eating disorders and health-risk behaviors. 

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