47664How 8 industries have swayed science at the expense of public health - eg obesity
- Jun 15, 2014How8 industries have swayed science at the expense of public health
It can take a lot of money to carry out a careful study. The influence of corporate funding has been known to leave a black eye on the good faith of the scientific method, and the conclusions that emerge can significantly undermine public health.
A new study from the University of Colorado and published in the June 2014 issue of the journal of The Obesity Society “confirms definitively” that diet beverages are an effective weight-loss tool.
This conclusion conflicts with a handful of long-term observational studies that suggest that diet soda drinkers may have an increased risk of weight gain, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Nevertheless, researchers say their work “clearly demonstrates” that low-calorie, synthetically sweetened soft drinks actually do help people lose weight.
Another point to consider is the study’s sole funder: the American Beverage Association.
How much are research results influenced by study sponsors? A 2007 study seems to suggest quite a bit. A report published in PLOS Medicine found that corporate-funded soft drink trials were four to eight times more likely to reach conclusions favorable to sponsors’ interests.Of course, this phenomenon extends beyond soft drinks....
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