I have returned from the gym, triumphant (!) -– having learned that after a week-and-a-half of slouching, I am not totally out of shape. In fact, I worked out harder than ever, like a maniac even, thinking of Kerri all the while with tears in my eyes. Ugh…
Now I see that the news is spreading that Richard Kahn, the chief scientific and medical officer with the American Diabetes Association (ADA), has managed a foot-in-mouth of gargantuan proportions in stating that “sugar has nothing to do with diabetes.” (wtF?!)
In an interview with a publication called Corporate Crime Reporter, Kahn was busy defending the ADA’s recent “multi-million dollar alliance” with Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages, when he actually said: “What is the evidence that sugar itself has anything to do with diabetes? There is no evidence.”
When I finished choking on my post-gym energy bar, I collected my thoughts on this idiocy. Here they are:
1) The debate now in full swing is whether sugar causes diabetes. No, and yes. Not in and of itself. But yes, we westerners eat far too much “sugar-laden crap,” and that diet DOES have SOMETHING to do with diabetes.
2) If the ADA truly believes there is nothing wrong with its Cadbury Schweppes alliance, why is Kahn backpaddling this way? Clearly, the man is intelligent enough to know how dubious the Cadbury-ADA sponsorship appears, even if it is a win-win situation for the two organizations involved.
3) Being a diabetic in America, the ADA is “my advocacy organization” by default. They do many good things. But I am quickly losing respect for their leadership! Remember folks, a number of celebrity sports coaches have been FIRED for less stupid remarks than Kahn’s. I think his head should roll! Anybody else?
(Oh, and #4 – I’m supposed to be writing a white paper on object-oriented technology right now, but am utterly distracted by searching the ADA site for a potential apology or retraction of Kahn’s statement. Nothing yet… )