May 11th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
Coca-Cola—the world’s top-selling manufacturer of soft drinks—has announced efforts to target the growing obesity epidemic by encouraging physical activity and plans to cease marketing efforts directed towards children under the age of 12.
Read More:Can Coca-Cola Cure Obesity?
March 12th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
A New York State Supreme Court judge invalidated New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recent controversial ban on sodas and sweetened soft drinks yesterday.
Read More:Bloomberg’s Soda Ban Fizzles, Judge Rules in Favor of More Big Gulps
January 29th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
After an online petition received more than 200,000 complaints over PepsiCo Inc’s use of brominated vegetable oil in its Gatorade product line, the company has announced it will remove the controversial ingredient from the sports drink products.
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August 26th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
A proposal by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to decrease rising obesity rates through a ban on using food stamps to purchase soda and other sugar-laden drinks was rejected by the USDA.
Read More:USDA to New York City: Sugary Sodas are Food!
November 7th, 2009 - Barbara Feiner
Sugary soft drinks are nutritionally bankrupt beverages that contribute to obesity, diabetes and rotting teeth. So, why is the American Academy of Family Physicians—a professional organization that boasts of representing more than 94,600 U.S. doctors—crawling into bed with Coca-Cola?
As reported Thursday by Associated Press Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner, the AAFP has signed a six-figure deal with Coke dealers to “fund educational materials about soft drinks.”
“We’ve made a conscious choice to diversify our revenue,” said AAFP President-Elect Lori Heim, MD, in a press statement.
As a result, some family doctors are canceling their memberships—the only sane bit of news in this story. One can only hope the rest of America’s family docs will protest the alliance and, if rebuffed, follow suit.
FYI: Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent thinks his carbonated cans of empty calories are fine and dandy, and he protested proposed “sin taxes” on soft drinks in an Oct. 7 Wall Street Journal op-ed piece. I can’t wait to see his “educational” materials.
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