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Coca-Cola Loses Another Doctor Organization

The obscene partnerships where Coca-Cola has been paying hundreds of millions of dollars to health organizations are coming to an end, and the stampede to get away from the Coca-Cola problem continues to accelerate.

Yesterday another termination was made public. Coke’s million$ partnership with American College of Cardiology, representing 43,000 physicians and other cardiovascular professionals, will be terminated at the end of this year. ACC has been paid $3.2 million of sugar money since 2010.

Fox5NY: Coke ending sponsorship of dietitians group

Other organizations who’ll no longer take Coke’s sugar money after the end of this year – announced earlier – includes the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

That any of these organizations ever found it acceptable to take Coca-Cola money boggles the mind. Here are more organizations that should sever any remaining ties ASAP:

PS: I’ve updated my Facebook review of the American College of Cardiology with the new information.


The New – and Secretly Paid – Faces of Coca-Cola

coca cola faces

Oh my. Coca-Cola was recently forced to list the organizations and scientists they fund. But it turns out they’re also giving out plenty of money to individuals. Exactly who is detailed in this fantastic and sometimes hilarious investigation:

Medium: The New Faces of Coke

Turns out that most are dietitians with a flare for local media outreach — a surprising number of whom could be played by Kristen Wiig in the made-for-TV movie of this scandal.

Remember the professor who made big headlines for losing weight on a “Twinkie Diet”? Turns out he was paid by Coca-Cola. Perfectly aligned with their misleading message that weight loss is all about calories and personal responsibility (not about Coca-Cola).

Have you seen any dietitian recommending mini-Coca-Colas on blogs or TV, or any chef cooking with Coca-Cola? Turns out they were all likely paid by Coca-Cola, behind the scenes.

Have you seen a scientist on TV insisting that obesity is all about calories and the solution is all about exercise – perhaps he even wrote a book about it? He may very well have been paid by Coca-Cola.

It goes on and on and on, and it’s not pretty. Highly recommended reading:

Medium: The New Faces of Coke

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My Facebook Review of The American College of Cardiology


Drinking just one soda a day is likely to significantly increase the risk of heart disease, as well as obesity and diabetes. This according to the latest review of available science, published in the journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Yet the same organization that publishes this journal, the organization of 43,000 physicians and other cardiovascular professionals, is accepting millions of dollars from Coca-Cola, as a “partnership”.

This was revealed last week in Coca-Cola’s transparency report. The payments from 2010 total 3.2 million dollars, including a payment of $450,000 this year:


Coca-Cola even brags on their website about the collaboration: Coca-Cola: Meet Our Partners: American College of Cardiology

I find this mindboggling and simply not acceptable, so I wrote a review on the ACC Facebook page. If you agree with me feel free to write your own review, or like mine so that it appears higher in the listing.


The Coca-Cola Problem is Getting Uncomfortable – Coke Gets Dumped by Doctors and Dietitians

At the Academy of Pediatrics' national conference

At a recent Academy of Pediatrics’ national conference

It’s getting uncomfortable for the organizations taking Big Sugar’s money. After Coca-Cola made all their “donations” known this is suddenly getting a lot more attention:

NYT: Coke Spends Lavishly on Pediatricians and Dietitians

Consider that the American Academy of Pediatrics – doctors treating sick children – have Coca-Cola as their biggest sponsor, their only “gold” sponsor. This in the middle of an epidemic of childhood obesity! Coca-Cola has paid them $3 million dollars.

The result? Look at the picture at the top. That’s American pediatricians at a recent national conference. Apparently a lot of pediatricians have objected to this sponsorship. A quote from the article above:

At the academy’s Annual Leadership Forum in March […] one of the top two resolutions called for the academy to sever its relationship with Coke.

“The purpose of the academy, of which I am a proud member, is to protect the health and lives of children,” said Dr. Arnold H. Matlin, a retired pediatrician from New York who drafted the Coke resolution. “Coca-Cola is bad for children, and the A.A.P. should never accept sponsorship from Coke or any other company that makes sugar-sweetened beverages. It’s obscene.”

The end of the obscenity

To their credit the Academy of Pediatrics is now ending the sponsorship by Coca-Cola at the end of this year.

Today it was also reported, via an email to its members, that AND, the major American organization of dietitians, is also ending their Coke collaboration at the end of this year. This after 8 years of taking the sugar money and bizarrely allowing Coca-Cola to “educate” their members. Coke is not even going to be at their conference, which starts on Sunday, so it seems the they even pulled the plug early.

There’s some talk about Coke being the one who ended it, but that may just be spin, an attempt at damage control from Coke.

These two major players ending the sponsorships may be the start of a stampede to quickly get away from the Coca-Cola problem. It’s not free to take the sugar money any more. It now comes with a huge cost to an organization’s credibility.


The American Academy of Family Physicians have also decided – earlier this year – to stop taking Coke’s sugar money at the end of this year (they started taking sugar money in 2009).

Next in line?

Here are four more organizations that really should rethink taking the sugar money:

  • The American College of Cardiology – taking sugar money since 2010 – UPDATE 1 Oct 2015: ACC is ending the Coke partnership at the end of this year
  • The American Cancer Society – taking sugar money since 2010 (tell them on Facebook)
  • The Obesity Society – taking sugar money since 2013 (tell them on Facebook)
  • The American Collage of Sports Medicine – taking sugar money since 2010 (tell them on Facebook)

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Exposed: The Scientists and Organizations Taking Sugar Money

Now we know just who is on Coca-Cola’s payroll, and it’s not pretty.

NYT: Coke Discloses Millions in Grants for Health Research and Community Programs

The list of organizations being payed off by Coke is scary long and includes major players like:

  • The American College of Cardiology
  • The American Academy of Family Physicians
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics
  • The American Cancer Society
  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The obesity expert Dr. Yoni Freedhoff has this to say:

“These organizations are forming partnerships with a company whose products are absolutely thought to be a major player in obesity and the spread of chronic, noncommunicable diseases,” he said. “Why in this day and age would a public health organization create even the possibility for there to be influence that might affect their ability to champion and promote public health?”

Taking sugar money obviously influences people to stick to the Coca-Cola talking points on calories, energy balance, and personal responsibility. Talking points specifically designed to spread doubt and protect soda sales. And to not mention the damage being made to the health of millions of people by an insane sugar consumption.

It really is just as bad as taking tobacco money. Maybe in these days of skyrocketing obesity and diabetes rates it’s actually worse than taking tobacco money. And when some of the largest US organizations of doctors and dietitians are on Coke’s payroll it’s an absolute disgrace.


Diabetes Dollars: American College of Sports Medicine Preps for Coke Revelations

Coca Cola funds scientists who mislead consumers about diabetes and obesity. In effect, to protect their dwindling soda sales, Coca Cola dollars fuels the diabetes and obesity epidemics.

After suffering withering criticism for this last month in The New York Times, Coca Cola has promised to come clean. They are going to publish a list of which seemingly unbiased scientists have “diabetes dollars” in their pockets.

This apparently makes some people – like the American College of Sports Nutrition – very nervous:

The Russels: Diabetes Dollars: ACSM Preps for Coke Revelations


“Coca-Cola Caught Funding Scientists Who Deflect Blame for Obesity Away From Sugary Drinks”

A very bad joke

A very bad joke

Did you hear the story about obesity being caused by a simple energy imbalance and a lack of exercise? And that soft drinks do not cause obesity? Turns out that the few “scientists” who still say this are often on Coca Cola’s payroll.

Obesity is a hormonal disorder. Soft drinks raise insulin, our main fat-storing hormone. You cannot outrun a bad diet.

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