Sharon Noonan Gunning PhD, RD

Policy research,
Dietetic practice,
Activism

COVID-19: ‘Obesity’ & ‘Hunger’ – the new obesity & food strategies

This is an important week for food and health inequalities campaigners with the launch of two interconnected strategies related to the COVID-19 crisis. Welcomed are measures that tackle the power of food industry for example, to shape the eating habits of children, as are those to feed hungry children. Neither strategy tackles the underlying causes …

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Post Covid 19: Ideological Wars

As we enter the Covid recovery period Laurentina, who runs food distribution service in deprived area of Deptford, London SE8, says ‘we’re preparing for dark times’. With other mothers in the community centre she is stepping up grant applications to feed hungry children, collecting second hand clothes and building the community network of support through …

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World Critical Dietetics Statement in Solidarity

(image source Critical Dietetics) End Racism – Jobs for ALL – Homes for ALL – Food for ALL  I’m posting this statement from the WORLD CRITICAL DIETETICS BOARD, with my solidarity and commitment to fighting for fundamental societal change to bring about equal rights and justice. reprinted from https://criticaldieteticsblog.com/ World Critical Dietetics (WCD) stands in …

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The Future of Public Health Nutrition

The Future of Public Health Nutrition is a research collaboration that I am building to collect evidence about the impact of cuts and privatisation of public health nutrition (PHN) services on the Covid 19 crisis.  It examines PHN capacity to feed ALL in need during the crisis, and in its wake that brings economic crisis …

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Budget, Covid-19 and ethic of care in feeding our children

UK public debt increased following the bailouts of the banks in the financial crisis 2008.  Austerity was the political and economic tool – the neoliberal project – used to reduce the debts incurred in the bailout by cutting public spending. As a consequence, the UK suffered unprecedented cuts across our public services. This is alongside …

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Covid-19: ‘windows of opportunity’ for a neoliberal pandemic

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), used the phrase “window of opportunity” to describe the international community’s response to Coronavirus. As global fear about the unknown consequences has spread, we’ve seen stock markets take even deeper falls than during the 2008 financial crisis.  Some companies are hit by crisis, while …

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General election and food inequalities: Changing the narrative from charity to a political project – Getting organised!

Ten million voted for the Corbyn and McDonnell project. The vast majority of young people voted for progressive policies that focus on tackling inequalities, including inequalities in child health, through providing social rights that would reduce food poverty, halve food banks in one year and introduce universal free school meals (primary age). And, this to …

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What’s the problem ‘obesity’ or inequalities?

Weight bias in the UK is rife. It has become part of a hostile environment of stigmatisations and discriminations that promotes social divisions and allows inequalities to flourish. Creating social hostility towards specific groups of people can be due to political decisions or unintended consequences of policy. Social issues can become politicised in order to …

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