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Coca-Cola Says You're Fat Because You Don't Exercise

Coca-Cola is funding scientists to try to shift the blame for America’s obesity problem away from sugary sodas and towards people’s lack of exercise, according to a New York Times article discussed by this radio host.

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“They said is it's not sugar that's making you fat, sugar is not the culprit here, food is not the culprit here, they've even said stop counting calories, it's not the calories you consume, it's the amount of exercise you get"

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America really is experiencing an epidemic of obesity, there's so much of it around, everybody is fat, everybody is gaining weight, where does it all come from? I tend to believe that a lot of it tends to come from the additives in our foods, which are kind of making us crave other things like the combination, I buy into the idea that it's the combination of salt, fat and sugar. But what Coca Cola's scientists, and I call them Coca Cola scientists because this is a group of scientists who, the whole beginning of this organisation Global Energy Balance Network, the whole thing was funded by Coke. They're the ones who gave them the start money, they're the ones who recruited the scientists who are going to do this so-called research, and I say so-called research because it was funded by Coca Cola. And so what they said is it's not sugar that's making you fat, sugar is not the culprit here, food is not the culprit here, they've even said stop counting calories, it's not the calories you consume, it's the amount of exercise you get. So Coca Cola has actually gone into certain communities, Dean mentioned that in many communities now there are laws that are being passed that will, I think it was New York City that wanted to restrict the size of, like the big gulp cups, to restrict the size of soft drinks that you could buy because of the sugar consumption in sugared soft drinks, but a lot of communities what they're doing is they're applying a sugar tax or a soft drink tax or however they term it, but it's a soda tax, maybe that's what they say. So it's a tax that is an extra tax is is being applied to these sugar drinks because they do contribute to obesity and they do contribute to weight gain. So what Coke has done to counter that is not just go with these scientists, they go into some of those communities and what they do then is that they fund recreation centers and exercise centers. Tens of millions of dollars they spend on setting up these exercise centers and then putting up billboards and telling people on these billboards this is what you need to get in shape and they have effectively been able to use this campaign to thwart some of those efforts on the soft drinks taxes. And why do they want to do this?  Coca Cola over the last ten years, they've lost 25 percent, I'm sorry over the last 20 years. In the last two decades consumption of full calorie sodas by the average American has dropped 25 percent. That's huge! 25 percent that's a quarter, that's huge! So yeah, they're scrambling, they're struggling, they're panicking, they want to hold onto their profitability and so they're looking at trying to make it seem like this is okay, maybe it's even healthy, maybe Coke is even going to help you have a healthy diet. I haven't seen them do that yet, but that's probably the next thing that's coming, Coke will have you have a healthy diet!