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Industry funded studies are less likely to link sugary drinks to obesity, review finds

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5852 (Published 02 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5852
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Research studies funded by companies that make sugar sweetened beverages are significantly less likely to find links between sugary drinks and obesity or diabetes related outcomes than independently funded studies, a review of the literature has found.1

Recent regulatory initiatives to limit consumption of sugary drinks, including tax measures and nutritional guidance, have hinged on whether these beverages cause obesity and diabetes. The drinks industry …

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