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Health Researcher Marion Nestle's Unfounded Attack on Save the Children

On Marion Nestle, professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, claims soda companies are using corporate donations to influence a non-profit organization.

Nestle asserts Pepsi’s and Coca-Cola’s substantial donations to Save the Children, “a group devoted to child health and development projects internationally and domestically,” stopped the organization from advocating for soda taxes to fight obesity.

While it’s true Save the Children recently reversed its position on soda taxes the reason, however, can be justified by the lack of compelling data between taxation and a reduction in obesity.

There is scant evidence that taxing one source of calories will have a meaningful impact on obesity rates. For instance, raising taxes on soda will decrease consumption of these beverages but that does not mean this will lead to a decrease in obesity. Consumers might choose other beverages or other caloric foods to compensate for the decrease in soda consumption.

This dilemma is recognized by the public health community. Thomas Frieden, the head of the Centers for Disease Control, believes taxing soda will reduce consumption but the impact of this effort on overall calorie intake is unknown.

During a discussion on whether taxing soda would be an effective strategy to reduce obesity Frieden said:

“There are important unknowns. It’s not known whether if people reduce their consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages they would offset that by consumption of other high caloric items.”

Perhaps Nestle’s outburst against Save the Children and unfounded claims of corporate influence is driven by the loss of an ally in her anti-soda campaign.

Liberals detest defectors from their progressive causes.

Obesity is a serious and complex health issue confronting our country requiring thoughtful policies. Demonizing Coke and Pepsi and an organization dedicated to saving children will not solve the problem.

The New York Times story on this topic is available here.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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