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:
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.