by Dr. Joseph Mercola, Mercola.com
Sugary beverages, soda chief among them, have been blamed for rising rates of obesity and related chronic diseases in developed countries, and there’s evidence to support such claims.
Leading beverage companies like Coca-Cola, however, want the public to believe they’re not part of the problem but rather are innocent scapegoats.
To get this message across and save their quickly deflating public image, Coca-Cola gave money — a lot of money — to Gregory Hand, Ph.D., the former dean of the West Virginia School of Public Health, to start a nonprofit group called the Global Energy Balance Network.
In early August 2016, the school announced Hand had been demoted and was forced out as dean because of his seemingly unscrupulous involvements with Coca-Cola, although he will still be working at the school in another role.
© 2016 Dr. Joseph Mercola