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Coke to disclose health efforts details

Coca-Cola says it will start publishing information about its health and nutrition efforts after it was criticized for funding a group that many felt touted the company's message.

Coca-Cola chief executive Muhtar Kent said in an editorial published in The Wall Street Journal that he was disappointed that the company's actions had created "more confusion and mistrust".

Moving forward, he said, the company would publish "a list of health and well-being partnerships and research activities" the company had funded in the past five years.

That information will be updated every six months, he said.

The Atlanta-based company came under fire after a New York Times story on August 9 that detailed how Coca-Cola Co gave $US1.5 million ($A2.04 million) to help start the Global Energy Balance Network. The story said the group promotes the idea that people are overly fixated on how much they're eating, rather than how much they're exercising.

In a video announcing the group, Steven Blair, a professor at the University of South Carolina and vice president of the network, noted the media focuses on "eating too much, eating too much, eating too much - blaming fast food, blaming sugary drinks, and so on. And there's really...