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Writer Finds It Curious That A Study On Obesity Fails To Mention Sugar Or Soda

April 27, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A recent article on exercise and obesity published in a scientific journal prompted Forbes writer Larry Husten to question the involvement of food and beverage companies in health-related studies. Three of the five authors of the study that downplayed the role of calories and diet in the obesity epidemic have financial ties to the Coca-Cola company. The article, which did not mention “sugar”, “soda”, or “beverage”, concluded that lack of exercise is the cause of obesity. The skeptical Husten interviewed the lead author of the article, who denied that his connections to Coca-Cola influenced the study’s conclusions: it was just good science. Husten noted, however, that “the vast majority of experts agree that diet, and sugar in particular, plays some sort of significant role in the problem [of obesity]”.
Larry Husten, "What Role Should Coca-Cola Play In Obesity Research?", Forbes.com, April 27, 2014, © Forbes.com LLC
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