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.