Coca-Cola disclosed on Tuesday that it spent $118.6m on health research and partnerships in the US over the past five years, including funding for a group that was criticized for downplaying the role of sugary drinks in fueling obesity.
The world’s biggest beverage maker had vowed last month to be more transparent about the various health programs and messaging it funds. The pledge came after a New York Times story detailed the company’s financial support for the Global Energy Balance Network. The story said the group promotes the idea that people are overly fixated on how much they’re eating and drinking, rather than how much they’re exercising.
In a video announcing the network, one of the group’s leaders had said the media focuses on “eating too much, eating too much, eating too much, blaming fast food, blaming sugary drinks, and so on”.| | | Next → |