Dear Coca-Cola, Stop Trying to Kill Fat People

Written by Angela Atkinson

I “quit” soda years ago after a terrible kidney infection that my doctor assured me was a direct result of my excessive consumption. But when I married my husband, a soda lover, I found myself in embrace of the sweet, bubbly master. 

Double_Bypass_Burger_and_Flatliner_Fries_-_Heart_Attack_GrillI can definitely tell you that it contributed to my weight problem, along with a whole slew of other issues I used to have. I quit again in order to lose a bunch of weight. 

But now, a controversial study seeks scientific reasons to tell obese people to stop worrying so much about what they’re eating – and to start focusing more on exercise. A non-profit group has reportedly received millions of dollars from soft-drink giant Coca-Cola. (I know, you’e shocked.)

“Most of the focus in the popular media and in the scientific press is, ‘Oh theyre eating too much, eating too much, eating too much’ blaming fast food, blaming sugary drinks and so on,” Steven N. Blair, vice president of the Global Energy Balance Network, said in a video. And there’s really virtually no compelling evidence that that, in fact, is the cause.”

Okay. THAT is bullshit. Is there REALLY “no compelling evidence” that taking in too many calories causes you to be obese, and that lowering your intake will help you lose weight? 

COME ON! Does this company really expect us to believe this line of crap?

Let me say it one more time. I call BULLSHIT! See, I have personally lost more than 100 pounds – and at least the first 60 were lost through diet alone. The rest wouldn’t have come off without staying on track diet-wise too – though, to be fair, it’s obviously possible to eat more food if you’re moving your body more often. That’s a no-brainer. 

Living Proof that the Coca-Cola Study is Bullshit

I present to you exhibit A. On the left, you’ll see me when I was a size 24 and weighed 100 plus more pounds than I do today. And on the right, a horrible photo of me taken a few weeks ago when I realized those shorts actually fit now. Take a peek, and don’t judge the “no makeup” thing.  

ang bef and afer


How do I know the study is bullshit? Well, when I was a size 24, I ate a LOT and I didn’t move enough. So in order to get to about a size 14, I simply COUNTED MY CALORIES – I tracked my food and I stayed within a specific range each day.  (Get the full story here, if you’re interested.)

So I lost about 60 pounds with zero changes in my physical activity. That is a big deal. It wasn’t until that point that I even really felt comfortable trying to work out, if I’m being honest. 

PLUS, when my husband stopped drinking soda a couple of years ago, but made NO OTHER CHANGES to his diet, he lost 20 pounds in two weeks. I am NOT exaggerating. 

Look. On the left, him “on soda.” On the right? No soda. Why don’t we just call that exhibit B?

bill n ang

I think it’s pretty clear that Coca-Cola OBVIOUSLY has a financial reason to want the study to go this way, especially now that the whole saccharin-causing-cancer thing has become public information.  

“Coca-Cola’s sales are slipping, and there’s this huge political and public backlash against soda, with every major city trying to do something to curb consumption,” said Michele Simon, a public health lawyer, in a New York Times interview. “This is a direct response to the ways that the company is losing. They’re desperate to stop the bleeding.”

And let’s not forget that study after study proves that weight loss starts in the kitchen, not the gym. 

Don’t think I’m just whistling Dixie, y’all. Health experts agree with me – they are calling Coca-Cola’s motives into question, pointing out that soft drink sales have rapidly declined in recent years. 

“The Global Energy Balance Network is nothing but a front group for Coca-Cola,” Marion Nestle, author of the book Soda Politics and a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University, told Time. “Coca-Colas agenda here is very clear: Get these researchers to confuse the science and deflect attention from dietary intake.”

Now it’s your turn: do you believe that Coca-Cola has the interest of public health in mind, or is this just a play to make it “okay” to drink soda again? Let’s talk about it! Get the discussion going in the comments below. 

(P.S. We just learned that our comments system has been broken for MONTHS! So we would truly appreciate it if you could leave a comment and let us know it’s working – plus, I can’t wait to hear your opinion on this one!)

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