Family doctors go better with Coke

The American Academy of Family Physicians gets a big grant from Coca Cola to inform the public about sweeteners

Published November 10, 2009 10:49PM (EST)

A Coke a day, keeps the family doctors in pay.

Outrage of the week alert: Via a tweet from Steve Silberman, we are directed to this story from the Cleveland Plain Dealer reporting that the American Academy of Family Physicians has "a six-figure grant from the Coca-Cola Co. to create content about beverages and sweeteners for the academy's consumer Web site,"

Kaye Spector reports the obvious:

Soda and other sweetened beverages are the No. 1 source of added sugars in the U.S. diet, the American Heart Association says, and many health experts blame the drinks, at least in part, for the soaring U.S. obesity rate. A 12-ounce can of soda can contain up to 10 teaspoons of sugar.

From the AAFP press release:

The Consumer Alliance program is a way of working with interested companies to develop educational materials to help consumers make informed decisions so they can include the products they love in a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle," said AAFP President-elect Lori Heim, M.D., of Vass, N.C.

The American Academy of Family Physicians -- working hard to help you incorporate "the products you love but that aren't at all good for you" into your unhealthy lifestyle.

But hey, there is a silver lining. From the press release again:

The Consumer Alliance program also will create a new source of funding for AAFP, which, in recent years, has broadened its search for funding outside the pharmaceutical industry.

Fantastic! Have a Coke with your Ativan.

By Andrew Leonard

Andrew Leonard is a staff writer at Salon. On Twitter, @koxinga21.

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