Grab a Coke and fight obesity

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Grab a Coke and fight obesity
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Mon, 01-14-2013 - 3:51pm

Coca-Cola is tackling obesity in it's new ad campaign. According to iVillage Health, "Tonight, Coca-Cola will reveal a new two-minute ad during cable news shows addressing soda’s role in the obesity epidemic. Their pitch: excess calories from all sources -- not just from soft drinks -- are responsible for our ever-widening waistlines. They go on to say how low-calorie drinks, like Diet Coke and Coke Zero, can help us stay skinny." read more

  Are you a soda drinker? What are your thoughts on this?

Karla
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Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 01-14-2013 - 5:55pm

Ugh.  It's like tobacco companies saying they're going to fight lung cancer with lower nicotine cigarettes.  All those chemicals in diet sodas are not going to help us stay skinny.  Maybe tobacco companies can join Coke because smoking can also help people stay skinny. I remember quite a few girls doing it back in college.  See, this is where the war on obesity has gone wrong, as I keep saying. It should be a war on unhealthy lifestyles NOT a war on obesity.  And diet coke would not fit in nor smoking to stay skinny (as if skinny should be  a goal).






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Registered: 09-25-2003
Mon, 01-14-2013 - 8:58pm
I used to drink diet soda all of the time. But after a the yellow packet sweetener came out, over time, I realized that was the cause of my migraines. That made its easy to quit drinking soda. I do it now and then, but very rarely. Who wants a migraines? Now I used trivia. The sugared sodas are gross to me. I raised my kids with the rule that if they chose a soda, that was their dessert for the day. Needless to say, they seldom drank soda. Many of their friends who are overweight drink quite a bit of soda. I raised them to know that one item has a high correlation to being overweight. Maybe that is one way my son gained 80 pounds in the last 18 months. :O
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Tue, 01-15-2013 - 8:27am

I find it interesting you bring up tobacco companies. That was the first thought that came to my mind too when I heard this. I have to agree that they might be more helpful to promote healthy living but then their own product wouldn't exactly qualify.

Karla
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Tue, 01-15-2013 - 2:21pm

It's the irony of the whole idea, right? That a company that makes inherently unhealthy products is jumping on the healthy bandwagon.






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Registered: 05-08-2006
Wed, 01-16-2013 - 5:03pm
I drink very little soda, and never cola. The occasional sprite or seven up, and every summer I buy a six pack of root beer. I do buy the diet kind but I don't use any sweetener in coffee or tea, so I feel like I don't have a lot of chemicals entering my body. I mostly drink water. Growing up we had milk with every meal, and it came from cows we could see grazing across the pond on the other side of the street. It was delicious, and ruined me for any other milk...even whole milk tastes watery to me...so I don't drink any...our drink treat was Hi- C, I especially liked grape flavored. And lemonade...