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El Susto (The Shock): The Political and Commercial Determinants of Type 2 Diabetes

May 12 @ 5:00 am - 6:00 am EDT

Organized by Global Health Centre and Saluteglobale.it

El Susto (The Shock): The Political and Commercial Determinants of Type 2 Diabetes

May 20, 2020


The online screening of El Susto (The Shock), followed by a discussion with a diverse group of experts, including the film director, will shed light on the factors that shape the epidemiology of type 2 diabetes. Mexico’s number one killer is not cartels, but type 2 diabetes. Medical textbooks speak of genetics, diet, obesity, lack of physical exercise as the causes, but what are the political and commercial determinants that shape mass lifestyle choices? Register to receive a temporary link to watch the 75-minute documentary in advance of this webinar, jointly organised by the Global Health Centre and Saluteglobale.it.


  • Simon Barquera, Director, Nutrition and Health Research Center, National Institute of Public Health, Mexico
  • Karen Akins, Film Director, El Susto
  • Angela Carriedo, Researcher; Consultant, UNICEF
  • Moderated by Lorenzo De Min, Saluteglobale.it


El Susto tells the story of how courageous public health activists in Mexico stirred a giant, the powerful beverage industry, aka “Big Soda”, when they took action to curb sugary drink consumption, with sobering and inspiring lessons for the rest of the world. Watch the trailer.


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May 12
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