Coke running for President of the National Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics


Neva Cochran – 9/28/2016

The world’s largest organization of dietitians, The National Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, is about to elect its new president. One of the two candidates, Neva Cochran, is an industry-funded consultant. Not surprisingly she’d spreading advice that’s great for the soda industry and not so good for people’s health and weight:

Medium: Coke is Running for President of the National Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

Cochran has made several highly questionable statements (to say the least), some of which include:

  • “If a job that requires a lot of physical exertion like a postman delivering mail by foot, a construction worker, a landscaper or a server in a busy restaurant, a regular soft drink can replace calories burned along with refreshment. On the other hand, someone working in a sedentary office position and also trying to lose weight could opt for a calorie-free soda.”
  • Active teens: soda, lemonade, sweet tea & choc milk can replace calories & fluid.
  • Plain water isn’t that appealing.

If you think that having Coke as president of the largest organization of dietitians is potentially harmful, and want to do something about it, then you could tell any nutrition professionals you may know to vote in the election.

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  1. Catheryn
    It really says something about their credibility, doesn't it!
  2. Cheryl
    That's scarier than a Stephen King novel!
  3. The Intelligent Omnivore
    Welcome to America. The average person is too busy worrying about paying their bills to realize that their own government wants them sick and feeding dollars into the healthcare system.
  4. Doug.McFarlane
    Coke makes some great points!
    I'll buy a case - right after my dentist appointment, followed by a visit to my endocrinologist.
  5. Gwendolyn Moore
    FYI, when bashing Registered Dietitians--please remember, that we aren't all that way (aligned w/questionable industries, etc.) I am a RD and practice from a "Food as Medicine" approach. I was practicing Functional and Integrative Nutrition long before it became popular. There are other RD's who practice from an Integrative mindset as well. As we are seeing more and more Integrative and Functional Medicine-minded physicians who are coming around-- and aren't all on the "pill for every ill" bandwagon. so it is w/some RD's. Thank you to the person who made this known. I definitely will not vote for this person. In short, when bashing RD's, please use the caveat--that you aren't referring to all RD's. Thank you and Healthy regards--
  6. Carol
    Good for you Gwendolyn. We need more RD's like you to come out and shout from the rooftops......Loud and proud...."don't fear fat!! Our cells actually need saturated fat. We were wrong to confuse it with trans fats."

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