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Obesity Research Center Returns Funds from Coca-Cola

University of Colorado School of Medicine cites distraction from main goals as key reason for returning donation

University of Colorado

a Coca-Cola bottleImage credit: Ralf Roletschek, Wikimedia CommonsThe school made the following statement about the decision:

The University of Colorado School of Medicine has notified the Coca-Cola Co. that the University is returning contributions made by the company to support the establishment and operation of the Global Energy Balance Network. While the network continues to advocate for good health through a balance of healthy eating habits and exercise, the funding source has distracted attention from its worthwhile goal. 

Obesity and related health issues are serious concerns for personal medical care and public health. The School of Medicine and physicians and researchers on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are making significant contributions to the understanding of and care for these health-related issues and the source of funding for the network should not distract from their efforts.