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Harvard docs to insurance companies: Drop the Big Macs

Wall Street Journal Health Blog, April 16, 2010

Should life and health insurers be investing in the stocks of fast-food companies? Researchers at the Cambridge Health Alliance, which is associated with Harvard Medical School, say no, citing the associations of fast food with obesity and other health problems, heavy marketing to kids, and the the chains' environmental impact. Insurers, however, say they have a responsibility to share or policyholders to maximize returns, and that may include investments in companies that do not share their health-promoting mission, the Wall Street Journal Health Blog reports.