When soda makers fund studies, links to obesity weaken, study finds

(CBS NEWS) -- If you come across a study claiming that sugary drinks don’t cause obesity or diabetes, check to see who’s paid for the research.

Most likely the study has financial ties to the beverage industry, according to a new review of the scientific evidence.

Every experimental study that found no link between sugary drinks and obesity or diabetes has received financial support from the beverage industry, said lead researcher Dr. Dean Schillinger. He’s a professor of medicine and founding director of the University of California, San Francisco’s Center for Vulnerable Populations.

On the other hand, nearly all experimental studies that establish a direct link between consuming sugary drinks and developing obesity and diabetes have not received funding from beverage makers, Schillinger and his colleagues reported.

“The industry seems to be using the scientific method to sow doubt about the truth related to their products,” Schillinger said.

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