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47664How 8 industries have swayed science at the expense of public health - eg obesity

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  • Teresa Binstock
    Jun 15, 2014

      How8 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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