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Coca-Cola's chief scientific and regulatory officer stepping down

Rhona Applebaum had helped form a group of scientists who encouraged people to focus on exercise and worry less about calories from food and beverages

Coca-Cola spent US$1.5 million last year to support the Global Energy Balance Network, including a US$1 million grant to the University of Colorado medical school, where the group's president, James O Hill, a prominent obesity researcher, is a professor.

New York

COCA-COLA'S top scientist is stepping down following revelations that the beverage giant initiated a strategy of funding scientific research that played down the role of Coke products in the spread of obesity.

Rhona S Applebaum, Coke's chief science and health officer,