An article by Larry Husten of MedPage Today released on August 11, 2015 is titled CardioBrief: Does Obesity Research Go Better With Coke? Company’s links with prominent scientists raise new questions. One of the most important pieces of information when reading a study involving food or pharmaceuticals is to know the source of funding. Coca Cola has funded a study by prominent scientists that suggests that the major cause of the obesity epidemic is a lack of exercise, not sugar, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), or consuming too many calories.
The MedPage article references the Coke sponsored study that was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiologists (JACC). The first paragraph in the JACC article reveals the financial ties of the scientists to the corporation. Three of the five authors have direct financial links to Coca Cola. The title of the JACC article is Obesity and Cardiovascular Diseases: Implications Regarding Fitness, Fatness, and Severity in the Obesity Paradox. It was published April 15, 2014, under the topic State-of-the-Art Paper.
There is no paradox with regard to the causes of obesity. The obesity paradox is a scientific fiction created by the same class of scientists as those that work for the tobacco companies and declare that there is no data to implicate nicotine in e-cigarettes as a health risk. Sugar and HFCS in beverages, juices and processed foods are major causes of obesity and the resulting diabetes and heart disease. Countries that have an increase in sugary drinks consumption have a rise in obesity and diabetes. Physical exercise is an important factor in obesity, as are health issues with the thyroid, digestive system, heart and lungs. A person that consumes 3,000 plus calories a day from sugary drinks and fast foods is going to have a weight problems. Obese people cannot exercise enough to compensate for bad food choices.
Obesity is a health crisis in the US and in many parts of the world. China and India are experiencing a growth in obesity and diabetes that is directly related to the increased consumption of sugary drinks and processed foods. Mexico and the Caribbean islands have the highest rates of diabetes in the world, with the US close behind. Coca Cola, Pepsi and their fast food outlets continue to push larger size drinks and food portions that are major factors in the obesity crisis in the US and around the world where their products are consumed.
The information provided to the public on the causes of obesity and related diseases is biased by scientists that profit from contributions by the corporate funding of research and direct payments to the authors. Similar issues exist with regard to pharmaceutical studies funded by pharmaceutical manufacturers. Know the source of funding before you accept the conclusions in scientific studies and advertisements for the products. Stop drinking sugary drinks and eating high calorie fast foods if you want to maintain your health.