Some of us (I’m probably dating myself here), will never forget the lyrics to the classic 1970s soft drink jingle for Coca-Cola: “I’d like to teach the world to sing with me, sing with me in perfect harmony…” The commercial featured a diverse group of people and sent the message that Coke brings people together. Everyone is happy. End scene.
However, with rising rates of obesity in our country, there was one group that didn’t feel that advertisement illustrated the whole story. Now, the lyrics to the classic commercial have been rewritten to warn consumers of the health dangers of soda consumption. The Center for Science in the Public Interest used real patients who suffer from Type 2 diabetes, tooth loss, and hypertension to remake the memorable Coca-Cola ad, in order to illustrate the medical consequences of consuming too many sugary drinks.
While, of course, we all know diabetes does not come from consuming too much sugar, it is important that we get some truth in advertising and become a little more aware of the health consequences of what we eat and drink.
Check it out, but be warned: there are some satirical elements that may be offensive to some.Whizzco