Coca-Cola Held in Controversy, Funded Research that is Spreading Biased Message on Obesity


Published Date : Oct 08, 2015

The Coca-Cola Company, the company known as the largest producer of sugary beverages in the world is facing a few controversies. The company has been caught into a controversy for funding a research that averts blame for obesity caused due to sugary drinks.

As a consequence, the well-known newspapers in the United States and Britain, such as the Daily Mail, the Wall Street Journal, the Telegraph, as well as the New York Times were filled with stories about Coca-Cola funding resaerch for scientists who have averted unhealthy diets to be the primary reason for obesity. 

According to the said study, is lack of exercise which is a primary reason for America’s obesity epidemic, and also emphasized the importance of exercise for a person’s well-being. The said study received funding from Coca-Cola Company, in response to several other studied that happened in the past that have identified sodas to be the primary contributor for chronic health conditions. These include obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and even coronary artery disease. 

The controversy that is building is the analysis brought forth by the scientists and is misleading in order to draw away attention from studies that have come to the forth in the recent past about sugary drinks and their relation with obesity and type 2 diabetes, as reported by the New York Times.

As commented by a professor at the New York University, the agenda of Coca-Cola is quite clear here. The aim was as simple as to get the researchers for a confusing analysis of science, thereby avert attention from dietary intake of sugar foods.

The studies that were funded by Coca-Cola also imply in its findings that sugary drinks are not involved with diabetes, and the study also questioned the validity of research that claim such association of dietary intake with diseases.