Thursday, October 20, 2005


A press release:

New risk analysis study shows school soft drink consumption has no impact on adolescent obesity

WASHINGTON, D.C.--A first-of-its-kind peer-reviewed study applying risk analysis methodology to nutrition policy shows that consumption of carbonated soft drinks from school vending machines has virtually no impact on adolescent obesity.

The study appears in the October issue of the journal Risk Analysis. It was authored by Dr. Richard Forshee and Dr. Maureen Storey of the Center for Food, Nutrition, and Agriculture Policy at The University of Maryland--College Park, and Dr. Michael Ginevan of Exponent in Washington, DC. ...

Hmmm ... maybe this will be a story on your local news soon.

But please note some of the fine print in the press release:

The research paper was supported by an unrestricted gift from the American Beverage Association.

More of the fine print:

In accordance with the policy of the Center for Food, Nutrition, and Agriculture Policy, the sponsor had no control or input into the design, methodologies, data, analysis, results, conclusions, or the decision to publish.

Oh, yeah, I'm sure.

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