Always raise an eyebrow of doubt if any “expert” citing new studies now says that people only need to exercise to keep their weight down.
Chances are Coca-Cola may be behind this “new science” to attack the obesity crisis in the United States. More than a third of the U.S. population is obese, and more than half of the people in America are overweight. Even people who come here as immigrants — legal or illegal — pick up our weight-gain problem with accompanying bad habits of eating and drinking the wrong foods.
Coke has provided financial and logistical support to a nonprofit, the Global Energy Balance Network, The New York Times reports. It takes the blame off consumption of sugary drinks like Coke, and don’t forget the accompanying fast foods, and pushes exercise as the way to weight reduction.
Certainly exercise helps, calorie intake, however, matters, too. No one can argue that clean water with a calorie count of zero is a lot better than Coke is for people trying to lose weight. Real health experts also have proven that sugary drinks contribute to the high obesity and Type 2 diabetes rates in the U.S.
Americans are right to dial back sugary drinks in schools. Sweet treats like soft drinks also need to be treated more like tobacco products, with a set age limit for purchases, age-based ad restrictions and high sugar-content taxes to reduce use and offset the negative effects on people’s health.
Telling people it’s OK to continue to drink sweet drinks and eat unhealthy food and just exercise the weight off sends the wrong message.