"Big food," the consumer food environment, health, and the policy response in South Africa

PLoS Med. 2012;9(7):e1001253. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001253. Epub 2012 Jul 3.


In an article that forms part of the PLoS Medicine series on Big Food, Corinna Hawkes and colleagues provide a perspective from South Africa on the rise of multinational and domestic food companies, and argue that government should act urgently through education about the health risks of unhealthy diets, regulation of Big Food, and support for healthy foods.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Community Participation* / economics
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Food Industry* / economics
  • Health Policy* / economics
  • Health*
  • Humans
  • South Africa