There’s one golden rule for preventing obesity: “eat well and exercise.” But what if someone told you the second half of that golden rule is actually the result of decades of corporate lobbying of public health and exercise science by the Coca-Cola Company? It might seem like a wild conspiracy theory, but a pair of papers released Wednesday in The BMJ and Public Health Reports reveal there’s an alarming amount of truth to that statement.
This isn’t to say that exercise is unimportant when it comes to maintaining health and preventing obesity. However, it’s not more important than cutting out unnecessary calories or dietary sugar. But the Coca-Cola Company, working tirelessly through a series of non-profit organizations, has pushed this message in the United States and beyond, as the new papers show.Harvard Professor of Chinese Society Susan Greenhalgh, Ph.D., shows evidence in her paper that Coke has managed to shape the scientific discourse around obesity in China. The company did this, she explains, by providing funding through a global non-profit, The International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), which was founded in 1978 by Coke’s then-Senior Vice President Alex Malaspina and maintains connections with the company to this day.Read More... Coca-Cola Has Been Shaping China's Health and Obesity Guidelines for Years