Coca-Cola Funded Group Peddles "Nonsense" as Science

Statement of CSPI President Michael F. Jacobson


The New York Times published a major exposé on August 10 about Coca-Cola setting up the Global Energy Balance Network. A la the tobacco industry, that group appears aimed at confusing consumers about the established science showing that sugar drinks are a major contributor to obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Kudos to The Times for shining a spotlight on this latest attempt to buy science.

To make clear what the science really says, the Center for Science in the Public Interest organized a letter to the editor of The New York Times, which 36 leading research scientists and public health officials and advocates signed. We thank our co-signers listed below.

Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D. 
Center for Science in the Public Interest

Lawrence J. Appel, M.D., M.P.H. 
C. David Molina, M.D., M.P.H. Professor of Medicine Epidemiology and International Health 
Director, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research 
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

Alberto Ascherio, M.D., Dr.P.H. 
Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, 
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Suzanne M. Babich, Dr.P.H., M.S. 
Associate Dean of Global Health 
Professor of Health Policy and Management 
Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health 
Indiana University

George L. Blackburn, M.D., Ph.D. 
S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Surgery 
Associate Director of Nutrition, Division of Nutrition 
Harvard Medical School

Kelly D. Brownell, Ph.D. 
Dean, Sanford School of Public Policy 
Robert L. Flowers Professor of Public Policy 
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience 
Duke University

Carlos A. Camargo, M.D., Dr.P.H. 
Professor of Medicine & Epidemiology 
Massachusetts General Hospital 
Harvard Medical School

Marilyn E. Carroll, Ph.D. 
Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience 
Department of Psychiatry 
University of Minnesota

Mark Creager, M.D., FAHA 
American Heart Association

Bob England, M.D., M.P.H. 
Maricopa County (Arizona) Department of Public Health

Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D., FACS 
Director, Cardiovascular Prevention and Reversal Program 
Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute

Alejandro Gugliucci, M.D., Ph.D. 
Professor and Associate Dean for Research, COM 
Director of Sponsored Programs 
Touro University-California

Joan Gussow, M.Ed., Ed.D., B.A. 
Adjunct Professor 
Teachers College 
Columbia University

David L. Katz, M.D., M.P.H., FACPM, FACP 
President, American College of Lifestyle Medicine 
Founding Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center

Robert Lustig, M.D. 
University of California San Francisco School of Medicine

Vasanti Malik, Sc.D. 
Research Scientist 
Department of Nutrition 
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

JoAnn E. Manson, M.D., Dr.P.H. 
Chief, Division of Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital 
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School 

Barbara J. Moore, Ph.D., FTOS 
President and CEO, 
Shape Up America!®

Marion Nestle, Ph.D., M.P.H 
Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health 
New York University

John D. Potter, M.D., Ph.D. 
Member and Senior Advisor, Division of Public Health Sciences 
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center 
Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology 
University of Washington

Goutham Rao, M.D. 
Vice Chair for Academic Affairs 
NorthShore and University of Chicago Departments of Family Medicine

Bill Reger-Nash, Ed.D. 
Professor Emeritus, 
West Virginia University School of Public Health

Eric Rimm, Sc.D. 
Professor of Medicine 
Harvard Medical School 
Channing Division of Network Medicine 
Brigham and Woman's Hospital

Jeffrey Ritterman, M.D. 
Assistant Clinical Coordinator 
Joint M.S.P.A.S./M.P.H. 
Touro University

William C. Roberts, M.D. 
Executive Director, Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute 
Dean, A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education 
Editor-in-Chief, The American Journal of Cardiology and Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings

Frank Sacks, M.D., Sc.B. 
Professor of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention 
Department of Nutrition 
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Marlene Schwartz, Ph.D. 
Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity 
University of Connecticut

Meir Stampfer, M.D., Dr.P.H. 
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School 
Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 
Assoc Director, Channing Division of Network Medicine 
Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Lyn Steffen, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D. 
Associate Professor of Epidemiology 
University of Minnesota School of Public Health 
Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Mary Story, Ph.D., R.D. 
Professor of Global Health and Community and Family Medicine 
Duke University

Y. Claire Wang, M.D., Sc.D. 
Associate Professor, 
Health Policy & Management, 
Columbia Mailman School of Public Health

Jean Welsh, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N. 
Assistant Professor 
School of Medicine 
Emory University

Walter Willett, M.D., Dr.P.H., M.P.H. 
Frederick John Stare Professor and Department Chair 
Department of Nutrition 
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 
Professor, Department of Medicine 
Harvard Medical School

Jake Williams, M.S. 
Executive Director 
Healthier Colorado

Grace Wyshak, Ph.D. 
Professor of Psychiatry, 
Harvard Medical School 
Professor of Biostatistics and Global Health and Population 
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Biostatistics and Global Health and Population

Lisa R. Young, Ph.D., R.D. 
Adjunct professor of Nutrition, 
New York University

Jeff Zayach, M.S. 
Executive Director 
Boulder County Colorado Public Health 

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