From Dr. Mercola:

Two weeks ago, I wrote about how the junk food industry undermined first lady Michelle Obama’s efforts to improve children’s nutrition. Initially, her focus was really honed in on organic gardening, eating real food and protecting children from harmful food ingredients, including excessive amounts of sugar.

She was right on target, poised to become a formidable force for children’s health — until Big Food stepped in and started pulling political strings.

Food industry pressure completely altered the first lady’s plan to tackle childhood obesity through healthier food, shifting the focus to exercise and the importance of “energy balance” instead — a strategy based on fake industry-funded science promoted by industry front groups and their paid academics.

A Page From the Junk Food Industry’s Playbook

For example, Coca-Cola Company alone paid $2.1 million directly to health experts, mostly dietitians and academics, during one five-year span. It spent another $21.8 million on pro-industry research, and $96.8 million to various health organizations.

The reason for all this generosity? To influence public health recommendations related to consumption of sugary beverages and other junk food. As noted by Kyle Pfister in his 2015 article on Medium.com:1

“I wanted to dig deeper into this network of influencers to learn more about the strategy. Why were they chosen? What do they have in common? …

I was able to find 63 percent are active on social media — and as a group they have over 180,000 followers on Twitter and 150,000 likes on Facebook. That doesn’t include the organizations they work for, just their individual accounts …

[U]pon deeper inspection, many are effective communicators whose influence reaches deep into our culture. That’s the whole point …

Many of the dietitians seem to be members of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics recruited around the campaign to …

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