City DoH Emails Reveal Dispute Over Science of Anti-Soda Ad


I wish to thank the NY Times for proving that I am not a crank (see below). When government officials make health policy, that policy should be grounded in science. Government officials are not used-car salesmen. The city Health Department should not adhere to the salesman’s credo of “selling the sizzle, not the steak.” Our people deserve better. Thus, my objection to the food stamp demonstration project banning the purchase of sweetened beverages (e.g., soda) is valid because the project does not seek to measure the health outcome of the ban. Remember the Wendy’s ad — “where’s the beef?”

E-Mails Reveal Dispute Over City’s Ad Against Sodas
By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
New York City health officials debated the scientific validity of a video linking sugar consumption to weight gain.

In the midst of a legislative fight over taxing sodas last year, the New York City health department put together a media campaign about how drinking a can of soda a day “can make you 10 pounds fatter a year.”

But behind this simple claim was a protracted dispute in the department over the scientific validity of directly linking sugar consumption to weight gain — one in which the city’s health commissioner, Dr. Thomas A. Farley, overruled three subordinates, including his chief nutritionist. (Read more here.)

Photo credit - NY Times

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A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, FoxNews.com LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email MBenjamin9@optimum.net.
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