There's been a lot of outrage over the news that the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is now partnering with Coca-Cola to "create educational materials to teach consumers how to make the right choices and incorporate the products they love into a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle." A group of physicians in our own backyard called out the organization for their blatant betrayal of children's health.
"I am appalled and ashamed of the partnership between Coca-Cola and the American Academy of Family Physicians," said Contra Costa Health Services Director Dr. Walker. "How can an organization that claims to promote public health join forces with a company that promotes products that sicken our children?"
Dr. Walker, who has been a member of the AAFP for 25 years, formally resigned from the organization today and tore up his membership card. His fellow doctors also spoke out against the soda industry and how it conflicts with local efforts to prevent obesity.
"An organization like the AAFP should be taking a leadership role in helping consumers and especially young people make really good choices about what to eat. We need as much help as possible to get our communities to see past the false claims of companies like Coca-Cola," said Dr. Walker.
Bravo doctors! It's so refreshing to see individuals put their foot down and value the health of our communities rather than just making as much money as possible.