The debate on the link between soda intake and obesity stays in the national conversation with...


The debate on the link between soda intake and obesity stays in the national conversation with new pieces out in medical journals that find corporate social responsibility campaigns from beverage giants Coca-Cola (KO +0.4%) and PepsiCo (PEP -0.4%) serve more to shift blame to consumers than provide a public service. Despite all the sound and fury over the last month after NYC Mayor Bloomberg kickstarted the discussion, sales figures from soda companies are reportedly as strong as ever.

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  • wigit5
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    I hope the authors didn't get paid for those articles, it is consumers fault for drinking 48oz soda, if we didn't buy it they wouldn't sell it. Coke/Pepsi even make these little bitty bottles of soda to sell in stores now like 6-8oz's so they have provided choices. We love soda as a nation for better or worse, and it isn't Coke/Pepsi's fault that the general population has problems controlling their urges.

     

    The majority of the US just hasn't learned moderation... kinda why we are in this mess to begin with...

     

    I'm calling shenanigans and submitting my article saying that these authors are shifting blame away from Consumers to the companies!!
    2 Jul 2012, 10:05 AM Reply Like
  • phxcrane
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    I wonder how the alcohol companies stay out of the government cross hairs?
    2 Jul 2012, 10:09 AM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    Probably because politicians enjoy their $400 bottles of scotch they get every Holiday?
    2 Jul 2012, 10:12 AM Reply Like
  • Mad_Max_A_Million
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    They don't. It's called the sin-tax. And Pelousi claims that a tax is just a penalty, and some penalties are just a tax...
    2 Jul 2012, 10:55 AM Reply Like
  • Dividend Garden
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    Yep, and you have to pass it to know what's in it.
    2 Jul 2012, 12:35 PM Reply Like
  • jw4golf
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    no smoking unless is medical (ha ha) marijuana so you can enjoy your munchies later. there are multitudes of 0 calorie drinks perhaps a law authorizing on "fat" drinks be sold to malnourished countries. never blame the individual for their behavior and actions, it is always someone else fault.
    2 Jul 2012, 10:46 AM Reply Like
  • Goonghaeng
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    The blame can be placed on both sides. Sure the consumers should take the responsibility on what they put in their months, but if the companies are going to claim "social responsible" then they need to make it's easier for consumers to be healthier. Right now, when you go to a fast-food restaurant, your meal choice comes automatically with soda. You can certainly ask for water, sure, but sometimes you just don't even think of it as an option. Many then end up drinking soda because it comes with the meal. I don't frequent fast-food restaurant, nor do I drink soda often, but I imagine it's hard to make people become health-conscious when you get bombarded with all the wrong choices. It's like a smoker trying to quit but is forced to be around other smokers. It's just harder. And soda is just unfortunately part of our culture, American or not.
    2 Jul 2012, 12:47 PM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    I believe both main soda companies have brands that sell water, doesn't get much healthier then that...

     

    They'll be happy if you buy their $2 bottled water instead of the meal with a soda. By the way I'm not sure where you are from but I have never been to any restaurant in the US where you couldn't order the meal sans the soda.
    2 Jul 2012, 01:12 PM Reply Like
  • Goonghaeng
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    I'm not disagreeing with your comment, but you've missed my point.
    2 Jul 2012, 01:42 PM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    hmm okay sorry about that!
    2 Jul 2012, 02:58 PM Reply Like
  • The Delivery Guy
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    Actually according to a doctor I know OJ causes more morbid obesity. People think its healthy so they drink a lot of it but its loaded with natural sugars.

     

    Moderation in everything folks...
    2 Jul 2012, 03:59 PM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    Yup my point is the companies can't simply take stuff off the shelves and stop selling it... that would kind of defeat the purpose of them being a company.

     

    It's up to individuals to decide who they are and who they want to be; or in this case how healthy they are and want to be.
    2 Jul 2012, 04:04 PM Reply Like
  • Beckerlady
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    Actually I like what McD's did with cut apples - makes 'healthy' appetizing. Good move!
    2 Jul 2012, 04:51 PM Reply Like
  • Beckerlady
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    I'm a cancer survivor - have learned so much about cause/effect of what we eat. Transformed is the word for my food choices now!
    2 Jul 2012, 04:51 PM Reply Like
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