Consumers could grow more unhealthy under the Asean Economic Community (AEC) as imported junk food will be more accessible, academics warn.
The AEC, which will include Thailand, takes effect in 2015. A freer flow of food products between Asean member nations under the AEC would probably change people's diets for the worse, David Stuckler of the University of Cambridge told a Bangkok conference.
An increase in free trade agreements worldwide has been associated strongly with a rise in the consumption of unhealthy food, Mr Stuckler said.
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