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Soda Companies Targeting Young People in Low- and Middle-Income Countries, Says Report


Soda sales are crashing in developed countries. So what should the soda industry do? Simple, according to a new report, they do as the tobacco industry.

With soda sales in a tailspin in the United States, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are borrowing a page from the tobacco industry playbook and investing heavily to boost consumption in low- and middle-income countries.

At least now the developed world has a chance to turn the obesity and diabetes epidemics around. In low-income countries the worst is likely yet to come.

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Dietitians of Canada Calls for the Taxation of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages


The momentum for a soda tax is building all over the world. Now even Canadian dietitians are joining in, calling for a tax.

The American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – that organizes US dietitians – just recently stopped being paid off by Coca Cola. So perhaps they too can speak their mind soon?

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The Mexicans Dying for a Fizzy Drink


Mexicans drink more soda than any other country. Not surprisingly they also have a higher percentage of obesity than any other large country, including childhood obesity.

Two years ago the government introduced a soda tax and now consumption of soda may be going down. Here are some stories:

BBC: The Mexicans Dying for a Fizzy Drink

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Coke Funded Study that Backs Diet Drink


A “LANDMARK” study that claimed diet drinks might be better than water in helping people to lose weight was funded by a food industry taskforce whose members include Coca-Cola and PepsiCo.

The review of thousands of research papers — headed by academics at Bristol University — made headlines when it was published in November and provided rare good publicity for the fizzy drinks industry.

Bristol University announced the research but did not disclose the funding in its press release. It said last week other organisations had supported the work and it had not provided details of funding for “reasons of space”. Keep Reading >


I love how Bristol University blames “reasons of space” for not disclosing the Coca Cola funding of their scientists.

This is another well-deserved dose of attention on how Coca-Cola buys experts and scientists. Here at Diet Doctor we found and covered this story two months ago. Get your news here first.

By the way, a recent study without funding from Coke found that quitting diet beverages resulted in weight loss, compared to a group that kept drinking them.

Who do you believe? Coca Cola’s own pet scientists, or scientists with some integrity?

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Steph Curry Backs Brita – Not Coke or Pepsi!

Let’s hope this is a sign of things to come. NBA superstar Stephen Curry has a new beverage endorsement deal, and there’s no sugar involved. It’s a water filtration brand called Brita.

Ad Age: Steph Curry Backs Brita — Not Coke or Pepsi

Hopefully, very soon, the idea of sports stars selling out to junk food or Big sugar will unthinkable. As sleazy as being paid to endorse a tobacco brand.

Well done Curry.

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“A Defense of Sugary Soda That Fizzled for Coke”

Another editorial about how Coke tried to influence obesity science to be all about exercise, and how the attempt blew up in their faces and turned into their worst PR nightmare:

NYT: A Defense of Sugary Soda That Fizzled for Coke


Global Energy Balance Network Is Being Dismantled After Involvement With Coke Revealed

Is weight control all about calories, energy balance and exercise? That’s what the Global Energy Balance Network claimed, until it was discovered that it had been funded by Coca-Cola (like most experts who say the same thing).

The Energy Balance Network claimed to be completely independent from Coca-Cola, despite the money. But then it was discovered that Coca-Cola had selected its leaders, edited its mission statement and put up their website.

A few weeks ago the Coca-Cola funding for the Global Energy Balance Network was cancelled. And this week the organization is being dismantled. A pure coincidence, of course.

Huffington Post: Global Energy Balance Network, Anti-Obesity group, Dismantles After Involvement With Coke Revealed

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Tax on Sugary Drinks Gaining Support in the UK

A tax on sugary drinks should be introduced as part of a “bold and urgent” set of measures to tackle child obesity in England, MPs say.

BBC: Tax on sugary drinks backed by MPs