July 16th, 2012
American Beverage Association sponsors conference on obesity in minorities?
By Marion Nestle
Iíve just learned that Iím missing a Focus on Obesity conference in Washington DC today, organized by The Root as part of its Black, Fit & Healthy initiative.
Black Americans have the highest rates of obesity, and a conference devoted to promoting healthy diets in this population seems like a good idea. This one has an impressive list of speakers. Sam Kass, Michele Obamaís chef and food policy adviser, is giving the keynote, and many of the speakers are associated with government or private groups devoted to improving the diets, physical activity, and overall health of Black Americans.
The sponsors got my attention. Two are the Office of Minority Health in the Department of Health and Human Services, and HBO, which produced the Weight of the Nation obesity documentary I discussed a few weeks ago.
But the third is the American Beverage Association (ABA), the trade association for Coke, Pepsi, and other sugary drinks linked to poor diets and overweight among children and adults.