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Coke Ads May Address Obesity: Does It Go Far Enough?
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Coke Ads May Address Obesity: Does it Go Far Enough?

The Coca Cola company is the number one beverage company despite what it is calling attacks on the industry by health minded groups. For years, Coke refused to address the piles of research that has suggested that sugary beverages, including sodas of various kinds contributes to weight gain even within an otherwise healthy diet. Finally, Coke has announced a change in their advertising with several two minute ads that will air on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC during those networks' highest rated shows. Each add will suggest that weight gain is caused by consuming too many calories, not just soda calories. The ads will also highlight the concept of choosing drinks that have fewer calories as part of an overall healthy diet.

A decade long study of more than thirty thousand Americans has found that drinking soda and other sugary beverages may cause an interaction with the body's genes that affect weight loss. That interaction will then increase the risk of obesity. Diet soda, long thought to be the saving grace for people who liked soda but not the calories has also been proven to work in the opposite direction, often leading to weight gain.

Obesity and soda have long been linked, no matter how much Coke wants to pretend that to be untrue. Their ad agrees that too many calories causes weight claim but still accepts no responsibility for obesity. The second spot does the job slightly better but still does not say that soda is a big factor for weight gain despite all of the evidence to support that as fact.

In response to the ongoing obesity crisis and the increase in health care costs attributed to it, officials have tried many different things. In most public schools, soft drinks are no longer allowed to be sold and all soda machines have been removed or can only sell water or fruit drinks. In New York City, a cap on soft drink sizes will limit the cup size of all drinks sold in public venues such as restaurants, movie theaters and sporting events. While there are many vocal critics of that cap, there are others who are not only interested but may possibly doing the same in their own cities.

There are really no redeeming qualities for soda. It might taste good but that is the limit to its "benefits". The potentially bad ingredients outweigh the good in a frightening way. It is better to drink water and save those calories for real foods instead.


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Tami  

I agree with Tommy water or beer (although I love my coca cola).

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  about 8 years ago

Yes drink more water and or beer

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  about 8 years ago

Beer or wine- both are actually good for you but both have calories that have to be counted.

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  about 8 years ago

It's too bad Coca Cola will not admit their soda pop can lead to health problems. I hardly ever drink sodas anymore. Soda pop has many artificial ingredients. I have gotten used to drinking decaffeinated tea and herb tea. I sometimes drink flavored sparkling water for a change of pace.

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  about 8 years ago
William6  

OK..Not much, but it is a start. I visited Coca Cola's factory /museum and learned firsthand how much sugar/sweeteners went into the making of soda. Look how long it took the tobacco industry to admit there might be a few problems with their products.

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  about 8 years ago

Hi :) There was a time (especially when I was working too many hours / week) when I used to drink way too much soda, both regular and diet. I felt I need that carbonation to cut through my thirst. It became a habit, which I finally broke by simply making a selzer spritzer of 2/3rd carbonated water and 1/3 orange juice. It worked!! I still got that "cut through" thirst quenching feeling in the back of my throat. -thought I'd share

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  about 8 years ago
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