Sep 30, 2015


This should be surprising but it isn't.

Coca Cola released a transparency report about who they provide funding to. Included in the list are these "health organizations"

  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • American Academy of Family Physicians (these guys at least decided to stop taking this money)
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Dietetic Association
  • American Council on Science and Health
  • American Society for Nutrition
  • American College of Cardiology
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Harvard Medical School/Partners in Health
  • Hope Heart Institute
  • Foundation for the National Institutes for Health
  • National Foundation for the Center of Disease Control
  • Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • Center Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully, Inc.
  • Children Medical Center Foundation
  • Save the Children
  • Numerous nurse associations
  • Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Beth Israel/Harvard Obesity Conference
I even went through and found the institutions that have taken the most money over the last few years:

Pennington Biomedical Research Center  6,769,657
University of South Carolina  6,300,534
Boys & Girls Club  6,072,825
Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation  5,081,058
Don't Quit Foundation  4,500,000
American Academy of Family Physicians  3,550,000
American College of Cardiology  3,155,000
American Academy of Pediatrics  2,985,600
National Foundation for the CDC  2,144,862
Emory Global Diabetes Research Center  2,031,000
American Cancer Society  1,878,224
University of Alabama at Birmingham  1,829,000
Calorie Control Council  1,702,000
The Global Environment & Technology Foundation  1,650,000
Foundation for the National Institutes for Health  1,552,446
International Food Information Council (IFIC)  1,469,665
University System of Georgia Foundation, Inc.  1,400,000
International Life Sciences Institute North America  1,332,000
Rippe Lifestyle Institute  1,297,360
American Dietetic Association  1,105,000
Girl Scouts of the USA  1,000,000
University of Colorado  1,000,000

I don't really blame Coke. It'd be great if they didn't support this crap but they sell sugar. But these health organizations? It's another reminder that in most cases associations, groups, and institutes are merely a central lobbying agency that can be bought. Their policies and pronouncements are almost never based on astute science.

And also these "health experts" also took money. Like this blog needs to pan "gurus" anymore. These people are worthless. Most of them push Coca Cola as a part of a balanced diet, are active on Twitter, and suggest obesity is an exercise problem rather than a diet problem. How do these people get up in the morning and live with themselves?

More here:
The New Faces of Coke
Coca Cola: Transparency report on Health professionals and Scientific Experts
Coca Cola: Transparency list of Health Organizations
NYT: Coke Spends Lavishly on Pediatricians and Dietitians

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