By the Children’s Health Defense

A new peer-reviewed paper in Public Health Nutrition reveals Coca-Cola’s influence on public health conferences and events, speakers, academic institutions and public health groups.

The paper is based on documents uncovered through 22 Freedom of Information requests by the nonprofit investigative research group U.S. Right to Know.

The paper is co-authored by U.S. Right to Know with researchers from the University of Cambridge and Bocconi University.

The paper found that “Coca-Cola exerts direct influence on academic institutions and organizations that convene major public health conferences and events.“

The documents “show Coca-Cola’s close collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)…The Obesity Society (TOS), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).”

The documents show a Coca-Cola vice president stating that, “As you know AAP [American Academy of Pediatrics] is a great partner of ours…”

The researchers found, “On multiple occasions, Coca-Cola supported and selected conference speakers without being listed as an official sponsor, and without researchers declaring how their participation was funded.” We found both direct Coca-Cola funding and the use of third-party conduits.

“By sponsoring conferences, Coca-Cola can directly shape what is included and not included in conference proceedings. This is of tremendous value to the company. It can promote its own favoured solutions to obesity and public health nutrition more widely. It can also shape the narrative about what constitutes appropriate interventions.”

The researchers recommend that “There should be robust financial and conflict-of-interest disclosures for public health conferences, not only for the conference organisers, but also for speakers.” And that “Such corporate-sponsored events should be viewed as instruments of industry marketing.”

The co-authors of the paper are Jónas Atli Gunnarsson, Gary Ruskin, David Stuckler and Sarah Steele.


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  1. Disgusting. The corporate control, through infiltration(corruption), of every avenue of commerce is more than apparent when it comes to schools. ‘Soft drink’ machines are everywhere in schools and should be removed as threats to children’s health. Coke and all the rest of the sellers of these near poisons promote their involvement as supporting education and related services. The reality is that they are feathering their nest while destroying the health of naive children, by the very people that are tasked with educating and taking care of our coming generations. Especially concerning are the diet versions that contribute to even more health issues, surprisingly including obesity. Aspartame, HFCS and corn syrup (all GMO, thereby Glyphosate infused) is being fed to unsuspecting kids daily, with the long term effects hidden by time and intentionally skewed research, otherwise known as lies. Those running these companies are virtually immune to any sort of repercussions, thanks to ‘corporate law’. The original formula was far safer…and it contained cocaine and sugar. Is the American public even able to understand that it’s health has been under attack for a hundred years? Judging by the massive increase in autism, birth defects, retardation, birth fatalities and allergies…it seems that Americans are completely oblivious.

    • “show Coca-Cola’s close collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)…The Obesity Society (TOS), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).” If this doesn’t show just how corrupt so-called public health associations are, nothing will. This such a sad situation that it just cannot be overstated how corrupt these people are. Is it any wonder that were we told how safe these new mRNA vaccines are, until they weren’t? What is scary is that they people still believe these liars. The extremely sad part, is that people are just now thinking there is something wrong with these health NGOs/corporations/gov institutions due to the vaccine fiascos…when in fact this has been going on for more than a century.

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