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New CDC Director Supports Soda Industry Science

cdc director supports soda industry

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  • Newly appointed CDC Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald received $1 million in funding from Coca-Cola to combat childhood obesity during her six-year stint as commissioner of Georgia’s public health department
  • Her Coke-funded anti-obesity campaign focused on exercise. None of the recommendations involved cutting down on soda and junk food, yet research shows exercise cannot counteract the ill effects of a high-sugar diet
  • Coca-Cola funds more than 90 different medical and health organizations, including the American Diabetes Association and the American Cancer Society. Meanwhile, soda is a major contributor to diabetes, cancer and other chronic diseases

By Dr. Mercola

Last year, evidence emerged showing Barbara Bowman, Ph.D., then-director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, aided a Coca-Cola representative in efforts to influence World Health Organization (WHO) officials to relax recommendations on sugar limits.


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