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December 01, 2015

Controversial Coke-Backed Anti-Obesity Nonprofit to Close

The organization at the center of a controversy over obesity research funded by Coca-Cola announced Monday that it is disbanding, writes the Associated Press. The move by the Global Energy Balance Network follows an AP report last week detailing emails that showed that Coke executives helped select the nonprofit's leaders and shaped its mission statement and website content.

In a statement on its site, the network said it is "discontinuing operations due to resource limitations," effective immediately. The group received $1.5 million from Coke but denied that the beverage giant had any influence on its work. Scientists with the organization touted the notion of "energy balance" and increased exercise as keys to fighting obesity, a notion critics say aims to deflect attention from sugary soft drinks and high-calorie foods as culprits. Coke said earlier this month that it had cut ties with the nonprofit.