Overweight? Feeling tired? Can’t shake that chronic condition?
Could it be what I’m eating? Nah. Just work out more. At least that’s what Coca-Cola thinks.
A recent New York Times article called out Coca Cola for supporting a dubious organization, the Global Energy Balance Network. One of the main arguments put forth by this illustrious group claims that basically you need to not worry about what you eat and instead just exercise more.
“Most of the focus in the popular media and in the scientific press is, ‘Oh they’re eating too much, eating too much, eating too much’ — blaming fast food, blaming sugary drinks and so on,” the group’s vice president, Steven N. Blair, an exercise scientist, states in a recent video introducing the organization. “And there’s really virtually no compelling evidence that that, in fact, is the cause.”
I’m curious which library he checked out his research from? Clearly one where you choose the research that best supports your particular view however incorrect it might be. It’s a busy library these days for sure.
Coca-Cola apparently donated 1.5 million last year to start the organization, and you can see why. Over the last few years sugary soda has come under attack, causing a drop in sales for the largest producer of these beverages. They need all the help they can find, and having “scientifically-based” support makes their attempts look legitimate.
The company has long downplayed the role of these types of products on health. The basic message is that as long as you exercise enough you can eat and drink whatever you want. We know from years of working with people and their health that exercise is one component of the larger situation. Diet and nutrition play a crucial role. Stating there is no compelling evidence for this reveals how little regard they hold for the well being of others.
Given the theme of articles from us the last few weeks, we can’t be too surprised. We feel thankful though that someone was willing to call them out on their activities. Check out the Times article HERE. It is an eye opener for sure.
In the end remember you have the ability to make excellent choices. If a chronic condition goes away after cutting out certain foods (something that we see happen often), that is better than any study or research. Your body thanks you for doing that by healing and becoming well. Trust the wisdom your body expresses. It has your best interests in mind.
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To Your Health.
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