The University Of Colorado School Of Medicine has returned a $1 million grant to the Coca-Cola Company after media outlets raised concern that the money was used to fund an advocacy group that downplayed the link between obesity and soft-drink consumption.

Coke donated the money in 2014 to establish the Global Energy Balance Network, a non-profit organization that encourages people to focus more on tackling excessive weight gain by focusing more on exercise than a healthy diet.

In August, the group was covered by the New York Times in an article which voiced concerns that Coke was establishing financial ties with scientists and health organizations to drive obesity research away from high-calorie soda consumption.

That month, the Center for Science in the Public Interest got 37 scientists and public health authorities to sign a letter accusing the network of “peddling scientific nonsense.”

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