Coke: No Link Between Sugary Drinks & Obesity

While there is little doubt that the obesity rate in the U.S. has risen in recent decades, there is a lot of finger-pointing and “not me”-ing when it comes to placing blame. And with NYC Mayor Michael “I’ll just have water” Bloomberg trying to put the smackdown on high-calorie sodas, Coca-Cola is letting it be known it won’t fold without a fight.

“There is no scientific evidence that connects sugary beverages to obesity,” Katie Bayne, Coca-Cola’s president of sparkling beverages in North America, tells USA Today.

According to Bayne, between 1999 and 2010, while the number of obese children and adults jumped by 13% and 17% respectively, sugars from soda consumption fell 39%.

She says that Coca-Cola understands that obesity is a problem, but the company believes the solution is for cooperation between business and regulators.

A rep for Bloomberg countered by telling USA Today, “sugary beverages are a key driver of the obesity crisis that is killing 5,800 New Yorkers and costing the city $4 billion annually.”

Coke says obesity grew as sugary drink consumption fell [USA Today]

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  1. Cat says:

    There is no sugar in most sugary beverages.

    • Blueskylaw says:

      Is there any milk in cheeeeze?

    • vastrightwing says:

      You sir are correct. It’s HFCS and the HFCS industry loves this as we blame sugar instead of HFCS. None the less. I see a whole new liability issue here. Now Manufacturers should be held liable for the way consumers use products. That’s right. It’s not enough that manufacturers are liable for faulty products; they are also liable for the WAY their products are used. A great plan. Makes me want to innovate great new products people can abuse.

  2. Blueskylaw says:

    There is no evidence linking smoking and cancer: FAILED

    There is no evidence linking banking de-regulation and greed: FAILED

    There is no evidence linking sugary drinks and obesity: FAILED

    • kobresia says:

      +1000

      A lot of folks seem to want everyone to believe “facts” that are convenient for their business interests, but being convenient doesn’t make them remotely truthful, or even not-laughably-foolish.

    • Jared The Geek says:

      Soda just like anything you consume is not to blame for obesity. The only thing to blame for obesity is the obese person. They choose to eat far more than they should. Placing the blame elsewhere is idiotic.

      I guess its easy to ignore that portion sizes have grown 26% in the last couple decades or so. Its easier to point the finger at someone else.

      Sure I am overweight and I know why. I don’t get enough exercise and I eat too large of portions. There is no one to blame but me. Coke does not point a gun at me and force me to drink. No one forces me to go to my favorite eatery and eat half the menu. In fact, I rarely even drink soda. I usually drink unsweetened tea.

      If you don’t want a fat kid then don’t give them soda and don’t let them sit inside playing video games all day. Provide portions of food correct for their age and not what should go to an adult.

      Its personal responsibility.

      • kobresia says:

        It is laudable to take personal responsibility. However, I think the problem kicks-in when corporations and industries steer consumers away from taking personal responsibility for unhealthy habits by denying the links and protesting that their products are perfectly safe and healthy in excessive quantities, when they’re really not. A disinformation campaign is extremely unhelpful when it comes to assisting people in making responsible personal choices.

      • OutPastPluto says:

        Soda is crap. Soda is bad. Trying to deny that only discourages moderation and encourages the kinds of excess that lead to morbid obesity. Coke doesn’t want you to ever think twice before consuming their product. It hurts their bottom line.

        They will happily profit from your downfall. They will resist the idea of moderation in general.

    • Malik says:

      I think the point is that trying to control sugary drinks is not going to have much of an effect on obesity, they are only a small symptom of the overall problem.

      It is like trying to stop a riot by arresting some random guy in the middle of the crowd. Technically, its an improvement, but in reality, you change nothing.

      If I am ordering a Supersized Big Mac Value Meal with a pair of Apple Pies for dessert, restricting me to a 12 oz. soda is not going to help my obesity

    • HalOfBorg says:

      I do not blame the food – it’s MY fault I’m fat.

      I drink a LOT of water, and when I drink soda it is almost always diet. Not to make me thin, but I like the diet and why add calories with regular?

    • Random Lurker says:

      Beat me to it.

      The parallels are obvious. Why they think anyone will fall for it is… oh wait. People did fall for those. Doh.

  3. akronharry says:

    Katie Bayne, Coca-Cola’s president of sparkling beverages in North America needs a new job.
    Maybe she can work with the tobacco industry where she can talk about the benefits of smoking.

    • nugatory says:

      yeah, its amazing how some people are able to say these things with a straight face. Your tobacco reference made me thing of the movie Thank You For Smoking. Yeah, she probably would do well in the industry.

  4. PhillipSC says:

    There is no evidence linking the things I say to the truth :)

  5. Ben says:

    “According to Bayne, between 1999 and 2010, while the number of obese children and adults jumped by 13% and 17% respectively, sugars from soda consumption fell 39%.”

    Umm… comparing those two numbers is not how you’d test for a link between sugary drinks and obesity.

    • Javin says:

      This is called “Teleo-analysis.” Using the idea that if A=B, and B=C then A must equal C, a “scientist” (and I use that term VERY loosely) can prove that eating nails will prevent deaths from car crashes, or that buying a lexus causes baldness. You can literally prove anything with teleo-analysis. It’s the new thing in the scientific community.

  6. deathbecomesme says:

    I say we make them drink two “sugary” drinks a day of their own company and see if they gain weight. Studies have shown that two drinks a day is all it takes.

    • LadyTL says:

      Could you give the link to those studies please?

    • HalOfBorg says:

      So it’s the DRINK that is at fault, and NOT the fact that the person didn’t have water or something diet? bah.

    • BennieHannah says:

      My experience is anecdotal, but matches the experiences of a number of friends and acquaintances. I wasn’t a big soda drinker until I had my children and needed a bit of a caffeine boost in the morning. Coffee upset my stomach. Pretty soon I was drinking two or three cans of Coke a day. I’m small boned and have always been very slim. When I do gain weight, it’s always in my lower body — bum and thighs, but when I was drinking soda, the weight came on fast, and it landed it my upper body — torso, arms, and even my face. I looked PUFFY. As soon as I weaned myself off of the Coke, I dropped ten pounds in less than a month. With age, I gain and lose the same five pounds, all in my lower body and belly (thanks perimenopause!) but that puffy look has never returned.

    • sparrowmint says:

      Two drinks a day is all it takes if they were already eating at the max level of maintenance calories and the sodas pushed them over the edge. By the same token, if you’ve already eaten up to your maintenance calories for the day and then eat a grilled chicken breast and cup of steamed broccoli, you’re going to gain weight from that too.

      Too many people are inclined towards guzzling back empty calories in drink form without thinking, and this doesn’t just include soda, but juice, fancy coffee drinks, beer, whatever, but a calorie is a calorie.

  7. Important Business Man (Formerly Will Print T-shirts For Food) says:

    There’s no evidence that gay men all have diseased blood, but hey, we still can’t donate it.

    • Cat says:

      We’re not worried about the disease.

      We’re worried that your gay blood will make us want to become flaming homosexuals.

    • rmorin says:

      But there is significant evidence that MSM (they don’t ask if you are gay, they ask who you have sex with) do have an increased risk of HIV. This is just simple epidemiology. Tests for HIV positivity are not perfect and so they restrict RISK BEHAVIORS, not social identities.

      I don’t get how people don’t understand this.

      • Vox Republica says:

        There are also several domestic ethnographic and economic populations that show statistically significant increases in HIV prevalence—yet they are not explicitly barred from donating blood. A bit of a double standard, no?

  8. zandar says:

    I’m sure Coke has no problem funding studies that have whatever desired outcome they wish.

  9. castlecraver says:

    No science? O RLY?

    http://www.nature.com/oby/journal/v14/n11/abs/oby2006230a.html
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16492426.1
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0140673600040411

    All found on the first page of Google Scholar results. While I only read the abstracts, the ease and speed with which I found them suggests there are probably other/better examples out there.

  10. KyleOrton says:

    I’m just going to ignore their spin attempts. I bought a case of real sugar Coke in bottles from Costco and have been treating myself to one every day or two. I noticed last night that a 12oz bottle has only 150 calories (unless I’m missing something). That sounds downright reasonable for an occasional treat and the glass bottles/higher per drink cost help me recognize it as a treat and not a substitute for water.

    • JJFIII says:

      That would seem about right in calories. A 12 ounce Bud Light is 110 calories. A 8 ounce Mountain Dew is 110 calories. The issue becomes when a 20 ounce becomes the single serving. That means a 20 ounce Mountain Dew would be 275 calories.
      I personally do not drink any “sugary beverages” unless you include the Fresh Squeezed strawberry lemonade from Whole Foods that I have twice a week, but the issue is not the person who drinks a 12 ounce Coke every other day. It is the caffeine addict who may drink 3-4 twenty ounce Cokes a day

      • abruke says:

        My only question is: How do you squeeze a strawberry?

      • Javin says:

        Three to four? I know people personally that consume three to four BIG GULPS in a day. That’s the equivalent of drinking almost a twelve-pack a day!

    • Cicadymn says:

      I usually buy a mexican coke in a glass bottle for a Saturday night treat. It’s much more crisp and doesn’t give you that sticky mouth feel.

      The problem like you said is people see it as a substitute for water and not what it really is, a treat/dessert.

      • Warren - aka The Piddler on the Roof says:

        Good point. I used to buy cream soda in glass bottles and stick one in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes. ‘Twas a nice frosty treat I only had once in a while.

    • AtlantaCPA says:

      I think you’re doing it the ‘right’ way. If everyone drank 12 oz bottles instead of SuperDuperGiantGulps we’d be less obese.

  11. Commenter24 says:

    Interesting. I guess all the weight I lost when I quit drinking soda was just a coincidence.

    • Jared The Geek says:

      All that happened was you reduced calories. You could have reduced the soda calories from food intake and still lost weight. Its not magic.

  12. rstark says:

    Right, but when I stop drinking soda for a month….and don’t change a single other part of my lifestyle….and drop 30 pounds….nope, no link there at all.

    • Costner says:

      How much soda were you drinking dude! 30lbs in a month! Holy smokes…. but congrats on the weight loss.

    • corridor7f says:

      I can see that.

      I go all out like a diabetic ape around soda. Like, a 2L bottle a day if I were given an unlimited supply. My self-control goes out the window, which is why I don’t buy it.

    • HalOfBorg says:

      What the hell? Do you have it connected to an IV? Lose up to 7 lbs a week? If your drinking THAT much sugar water IT’S YOUR OWN DAMN FAULT.

    • Not Given says:

      30 pounds in a month would be about 8 liters/day

    • sparrowmint says:

      Yeah. Real big newsflash, soda contains calories. Excess calories cause weight gain. Taking in fewer calories than you burn will cause you to lose weight. If you had eaten a big plate of nachos every day on top of your normal meals and then cut them out of your diet.. you’d see the same thing. There’s nothing special about soda, it’s just a form that allows for a lot of mindless intake of calories. Beer is the same, juice is the same, any drinks with calories are the same.

  13. nbs2 says:

    I’m all for supporting the argument that there is a link between soda consumption and obesity, but I take some issue with the city’s response. When given data that is a little off, addressing sugar in the soda rather than consumption, why not point out that failure or cite data of your own? It would be more useful than saying that the numbers are wrong because you disagree.

  14. DJBS77 says:

    This wasn’t meant to be a factual statement

  15. highfructosepornsyrup says:

    There is no evidence that links corporate messaging to facts or science.

  16. Costner says:

    “According to Bayne, between 1999 and 2010, while the number of obese children and adults jumped by 13% and 17% respectively, sugars from soda consumption fell 39%.”

    Just because the portion of sugar consumption coming from soda is reduced, does not suggest that sugar isn’t a huge contributor to obesity. It just means people are consuming truckloads of sugar elsewhere to get their fix.

    I would also question her numbers since I don’t know the context. Is she saying sugars from soda consumption are down per capita? Because that doesn’t have any bearing on those people who might be obese. Or is she perhaps suggesting the sugar content of sodas as a whole has dropped? Again… not relevant. There are many ways to interpret this talking point, but I’m pretty sure any way you slice it she is off her rocker.

    I won’t even get into the whole debate on how corn syrup isn’t actually sugar according to the FDA and thus actual “sugar” consumption could be down even though soda consumption is up.

    What’s next… they try to tell us that diet sodas are actually health supplements?

    • Blueskylaw says:

      Soda consumption may have gone down, but holy sh*t has energy drink consumption gone up.
      I was at the store last week and i’ll be damned if the girl wasn’t around 6 or 7 years old chugging down a Red Bull. I wanted to go punch her mother in the mouth.

  17. mikesanerd says:

    ‘”There is no scientific evidence that connects sugary beverages to obesity,” Katie Bayne, Coca-Cola’s president of sparkling beverages in North America, tells USA Today.’

    Wha– Are– Is she serious? … I’m just speechless. How about the “science” that things with lots of calories will make you gain weight? This is like saying that there’s no scientific evidence that connects putting gas in your car to your engine getting filled up. After all, gas consumption has gone up in the last few years, and yet the percentage of people who run out of gas has remained stable. I just literally can’t even believe that someone said this. She is either an incredibly ballsy liar or she needs to take a science class.

    • mikesanerd says:
    • crashfrog says:

      Well, ok. What’s the “science” that supports your incredibly simplistic mass-balance model of physical metabolism?

      I mean, you must have some science that leads you to reject the incredibly robust finding that calories from sugars aren’t the same as calories from fat or protein, right? You must have some science to rebut the incredibly robust scientific finding that, in many populations, the obese actually eat less and expend more calories than the non-obese, right? You must have some science to rebut the incredibly robust finding that those who diet wind up putting on even more weight in the long-term? I mean, there you are, so sure that the “science” supports nutritional models that have been discredited for more than 30 years; there must be some kind of evidence or something that you’re referring to, right?

  18. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Um, what? I’ve seen plenty of research linking the two items. Coke, really? What a terrible attempt.

    • ferozadh says:

      Who is she trying to convince? Are there really people sitting on the fence saying well if only a sugary drink maker came out and said their product is a-ok I’d be drinking their product.

  19. Grogey says:

    Everyone wants to blame one thing for these issues. Um no, I don’t buy it, if you eat or your kids eat unhealthy then that is your fault and only your fault no mater what marketers are doing. You can say NO!……. While sodas can be a contributing factor there’s more to it then just soda (even though I do love me my Rum and Cokes).

    When I went into college I weighed about 190 pounds (6′ 3″ Male) When I left college I weighed 210. That’s around 20 pounds in about 5 years and it was contributed to the last 3 years of my bachelors college where I basically had a buffet and made Mountain Dew disappear like its water.

    Now Ive been out of college for more then 3 years weigh anywhere from 190 to 200 depending on the season. Its taken hard work for me to drop that 10 pounds down and keep it down. I ride a bike allot (10 to 20 miles every other day sometimes 25+) and then supplement with other outdoor activities while adjusting to better foods and I will admit I have cut out allot fo sodas but do still drink them and I do keep my weight in an area I like. (Still working of some love handles and gut, man there hard to get rid of)

    Just because someone blames on thing to be the reason everyone fat is complete BS and a complete scapegoat and looks like some sort political move to me.

  20. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    “She says that Coca-Cola understands that obesity is a problem, but the company believes the solution is for cooperation between business and regulators.”

    Great! Reduce sugar in your drinks, per regulators suggestions.

  21. GadgetsAlwaysFit says:

    I agree. There isn’t. There is a link to calories in vs. calories out. If the only change you make to your diet is to refrain from drinking beverages with calories in them, you will lose weight. All other things being the same you have reduced your caloric intake and will lose weight. If you kept drinking beverages with calories but reduced food intake with the same caloric intake, you will lose weight. It’s just that dropping beverages with calories in them is easier than reducing food intake.

    • LadyTL says:

      Actually the theory behind calories in and calories out violates the second law of thermodynamics because in any reaction there will always be inefficiencies. Since there can be no perfect reaction, calories in, calories out cannot work because it assumes the energy output can be the same as the energy input.

  22. jayphat says:

    I don’t think it’s sugar drinks alone either. It’s parents inability to make their precious snowflake only eat so much.

    I’m what would be described as heavily underweight for my size. My 17 year old brother on the other hand, has been let eat whatever he wants in the house, whenever he wants since he was old enough to open the fridge. By the time he was 9 he had surpassed me in weight. Now, he’s pushing 300 lbs. It’s not the food that’s the problem. It’s the amount of food and number of times in a day we eat that’s the problem.

    • Cicadymn says:

      That’s just downright false.

      There’s nothing wrong with eating. It IS the food that you eat that hurts you. If you’re constantly stuffing your face with junk, soda, candy, and bread just empty carbs and sugar. then you WILL gain weight. But if you eat smart and eat often you WILL shed pounds and build lean muscle without ever being hungry. You just need to know what to eat, which is more and more dangerous as companies are doing their best to hide bad foods behind the “healthy” monicker. You especially need to watch out for foods that claim that they’re Organic or Gluten free, because those words don’t mean healthy, but a lot of people think they do.

      • jayphat says:

        Huh, so I guess me eating at McDonalds everyday since it’s right in front of work means I should be 400lbs. Instead, here I am at 6’3″, 142lbs. I’m doing something wrong apparently.

    • GreatWhiteNorth says:

      Well not quite. The equation calories in – calories expended = weight up or down is not a practical way to look at this problem. The reason being that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is not just another sugar. HFCS can not be properly metabolized by your liver especially in the volumes that our diets bring it in. When it is ingested in large amount it screws up your liver and short circuits the hormone feedback messenger systems that regulate hunger, fat storage, fat burning, etc. HFCS actually contributes to most metabolic diseases (Type II Diabetes, fatty liver, heart disease, vascular disease, etc.). HFCS is being recognized by those who study it as having the same negative impact on our health as alcohol abuse.

      So if you consume large amounts of HFCS, like that found in “sugary” soda you are going to put on weight even if you are not overeating. Your body will take some of the calories that could have gone to normal metabolic processes and hoard it in fat cells. You will then continue to be hungry even if you have consumed an appropriate amount of calories. The response to this hunger is to eat more and your body will store some more fat… more hunger… more fat…

      If you want to drink “sugary” soda then find soda without HFCS, but of course that is rather hard to do. HFCS has a perceived sweetness that is over the scale when compared to regular cane or beet sugar so soda makers use it to get that super sweet taste.

      Now if you are getting ready to call “bullshit” because Fructose is in fruit and we’ve been eating fruit forever. Well you are partially right, we have been eating fruit forever, but until quite recently (in evolutionary terms) we could only eat limited amounts only when it was ripe (for maybe a month). During that time we did put on weight that helped us survive during times of food scarcity which normally follow the time of fruit availability. However, today if you eat anything that comes in a box, bag or bottle and you read the label you will see that most of it contains fructose or HFCS and as a result we are ingesting huge amount all year long. This is the obesity epidemic.

      We all need to thank the movement away from eating fat that started in the early 80′s. When fats were removed from our foods, sugar was added to make it palatable. The cheapest sugar is HFCS.

      • Javin says:

        Another point is that the fructose in fruit is NOT the same as HFCS. It’s bound to a glucose molecule, making it a sugar that our body can metabolize. We do NOT metabolize HFCS (unbound fructose) normally. While normal sugar plays its role in the KREBS cycle, HFCS does not. It actually strips a phosphate from the ADP in the KREBS cycle creating a phosphate deficiency. The end result being that when the purines that we get from meat are metabolized, a significantly higher amount of them – due to the phosphate loss – are metabolized into uric acid. Some uric acid is good. It’s a plasma based anti-oxidant. LOTS of hit however crystallizes in your blood stream damaging the veins, and may eventually lead to gout. This is the reason your cholesterol rises (cholesterol is used to repair cell damage) and given enough time, you get cholesterol plaquing when the cholesterol tries to repair the damage but you KEEP consuming HFCS (or even large amounts of regular sugar or carbohydrates for that matter). Basically, the plaquing is a scab on your veins. Keep picking it, and it’ll keep growing. Then you die of a heart attack. HFCS is directly responsible for a staggering increase in heart attack deaths and diabetes everywhere it’s introduced.

    • RayanneGraff says:

      It horrifies me to see how much my mom feeds my 8 y/o sister. She chases her with a spoon, shoveling food in her mouth from dawn to dusk whether she’s hungry or not. The poor kid is always complaining that her stomach hurts, but my mom still makes her eat 5 more bites. I think there’s a misconception that parents have nowadays that if their kids aren’t eating CONSTANTLY, they’ll fail to thrive or something.

      Incidentally, my mom did the same thing with me(along with giving me fast food & soda every day) and I was visibly overweight by age 9. I still struggle with weight & blood sugar issues to this day and yes, I blame her for getting me started on that SHIT at an early age. I no longer drink soda or eat fast food but once your body is programmed a certain way it’s hard to deprogram it.

  23. techstar25 says:

    He’s right. Sugary beverages don’t cause obesity.
    High Fructose Corn Syrupy beverages do.

  24. YamiNoSenshi says:

    Considering there are approximately 5 million different kinds of sugar and syrups and sweeteners, their report is just about useless. It’s not ‘sugar’ it’s ‘corn syrup’ or ‘aspartame’ or ‘unicorn farts’.

  25. Guppy06 says:

    sugars from soda consumption fell 39%

    Per cent of what??

    She wants us to believe that she’s saying “consumption of sugary sodas is down,” but all she’s saying is that “more people are getting more sugar from other sources,” which is certainly true thanks to HFCS.

    If the average 1950 American consumed 10 lb of sugar a year, with 2 lb from sugary drinks, and the average 2000 American consumed 100 lb of sugar a year, with 12 lb of sugary drinks, she can still make the “ZOMG, down 40 %!” claim in spite of the overall sextupling of soda consumption.

  26. Hartford says:

    Hmm, sounds just like the lies the Tobacco companies told for ages. Of course, like Big Corn, they also had the backing of every politician they could bribe.

  27. dolemite says:

    “high-calorie sodas”. That’s like saying “high calorie milk, beer, juice, mixed drinks” etc. Soda does have calories, but it’s not like it’s 3x more than other non-water beverages.

  28. Admiral_John says:

    You get fat when you consume more calories than you burn.

    A 12-oz can of Coke has 140 calories, so if someone is drinking, say, 3 a day (one with lunch, one in the afternoon, one with dinner) there’s 420 calories.

    According to http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/estimated-calorie-requirement, a 40-year old male needs 2200 calories per day, and in the scenario I listed above, that person has ingested almost 1/4 of their total daily calories just by drinking Coke.

    So, Katie Bayne, I call BS.

  29. Back to waiting, but I did get a cute dragon ear cuff says:

    My usual rant here.

    There are no bad food/drinks. There ARE bad quantities of almost all food/drinks.

    I am a perfect example for Coke. I drink, on average, 0-1 sugary drinks a week. And yet, I am in a constant battle with the scale.

    Then again, had I been drinking anything when I read Coke’s statement, I would have cleaned out my sinuses and ruined my keyboard.

  30. SkokieGuy says:

    Especially relevant is that Coca Cola is now a Corporate Sponsor of the American Dietetic Association.

    http://www.eatright.org/Media/content.aspx?id=1569

  31. mrbucket says:

    The link between sugary beverages and obesity is that the food which actually contributes to the obesity is generally washed down with a sugary beverage. Obesity is caused by many factors, but the simplest one is a body consuming more calories than it burns. Yes, a normal Coke has more calories than glass of water or something sweetened with an artificial sweetener. It also has a ton of sodium that causes the body to retain water (stop drinking soda for a week, the weight you lose isn’t from less calories, its from less sodium). NYC needs to put more effort in promoting healthy living and less in being a nanny.

  32. Plasmafox says:

    Eating carbs doesn’t make you fat
    Eating sugar doesn’t make you fat
    Eating fat doesn’t make you fat
    Eating protein doesn’t make you fat

    Eating too many calories makes you fat

    • Max Headroom says:

      Oh. So when I cut 95% of carbs and 100% of sugar out of my diet, and have lost weight and still am losing weight, it wasn’t due to the carbs and sugar? My caloric intake is the same.

  33. skakh says:

    Hmmm, Coke is in the business of selling sugar to the public. Why would anyone believe anything a Coke representative has to say or suggest regarding sugar and obesity? Sorry Katie, most of us are not really as stupid as you seem to think.

  34. Buckus says:

    I’m not sure there’s a link between soda and obesity in and of itself…per se. However, I’m sure there’s a link between eating sugary foods and drinks in excess and obesity. So Coke is really just saying “It’s not JUST soda…”

  35. duncanblackthorne says:

    This just in to the newsroom:
    It’s just been discovered that Coca Cola was secretly purchased by the Monsanto Corporation several years ago.

    In a related story, obesity research firms are being bought up in hostile takeovers by Monsanto Corporation at an alarming rate.

    In another related story, research results linking consumption of sodas containing HFCS have been retracted by researchers as “fundamentally flawed”.

    • Cor Aquilonis says:

      Oooh, let me try:

      We interrupt with breaking news: shortly after giving a statement to the press stating there’s no link between sugary beverages and obesity, Coca-Cola’s president of sparkling beverages in North America, Katie Bayne, was found dead. The first responders confirm witness statements that she appears to have been struck down by lightning. One bystander stated: “It’s no wonder, after what she said. She was just asking for God to strike her down.” No deities have issued a statement claiming responsibility at this time.

      /s

  36. wren337 says:

    “There is no scientific evidence that connects tobacco to lung cancer,” Katie Bayne, Philip Morris’s president of tobacco sales in North America, tells USA Today.

  37. Piddles says:

    Well now that HFCS is officially a syrup, that’s technically true. While there may not be a link in overall obesity, I can say that it definitely contributed to my childhood obesity. I’d say the same for orange juice and cow milk of any variety. It’s all sugar and did me no good.

  38. MacUser1986 says:

    They have a lot of nerve to come out and say something like this but then again I don’t drink soda.

  39. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Yes, soda can contribute to obesity, but it’s only a piece of the puzzle.

  40. ARP says:

    We keep going over this. There’s plenty of blame to go around.

    1) Portion sizes and human nature/training to “clean your plate.” Kids sizes were regular sizes in the 50′s and 60′s.
    2) HFCS in everything. It’s hard not to find it, unless you’re willing to pay a premium.
    3) Elimination of PE in schools.
    4) Kids that don’t play outside, due to:
    a) real and imagined fears of crime
    b) parents not encouraging (or forcing in my case) kids to play
    5) Video games, Facebook, etc. (and the parents that let that happen).
    6) Highly processed, less nutritional food.
    7) More people eating fast food for more meals (it used to be a treat, now its normal).

  41. dush says:

    Drinking a soda does not make you obese. Coke is totally correct.
    Over consumption of any kind of food is going to cause you health problems.

  42. SoCalGNX says:

    What about the damage it does to teeth or how it play a role in damaging bones? Funny how this part never gets mentioned.

  43. Bill610 says:

    Bloomberg Administration: Drinking sugary sodas causes you to become obese.

    Coke Representative: No, it doesn’t, and here’s a tangentially related statistic to support my point, that I hope you won’t look at too closely.

    Bloomberg Administration: Yes it does. Yes It Does! YES IT DOES!

  44. kataisa says:

    Meanwhile, 30 years earlier….

    Cigarette companies: “There is no scientific evidence that connects smoking cigarettes to lung cancer.”