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• The Associated Press has an interview with Sandy Douglas, president of Coke North America, in which he addresses the apparent loss of credibility that the company has suffered in the wake of revelations that it underwrote so-called objective advocacy groups that then supported its contention that exercise - not reducing the consumption of sugary drinks - is the best way to fight the obesity crisis.

Douglas says that the company "is hoping to change its 'adversarial' relationship with public health advocates," and that "it is not Coke's goal to get people to overconsume soda." However, he also says that "if folks are saying the moderate consumption of our beverages is causing obesity, then we're going to argue with that, because it's not true."
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