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Coke: No Scientific Link Between Obesity and Sugary Drinks

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(CNN) — Drink all the sugar you want!

The world’s biggest soft drink maker is responding to a controversial proposal by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

He wants to limit the size of sugary drinks at restaurants, theaters and street carts.

Coca-Cola argues that there is not a scientific link between obesity and sugary drinks. They claim the intake of sugar from drinks fell 39 percent from 1999 to 2010.

During the same time, Coke says the percentage of obese kids rose 13 percent and the percentage of obese adults rose 7 percent.

Mayor Bloomberg’s press secretary insists sugary beverages are a key driver of an obesity crisis, which the mayor’s office says costs the city $4 billion every year.