This Wednesday, June 1, 2016, photo shows Skittles, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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NEW YORK: It was a startling scientific finding: Children who eat candy tend to weigh less than those who don't.One of the industry's most powerful tactics is the funding of nutrition research.Carol O'Neil, the Louisiana State University professor who made the "thin and clearly padded" remark, said in a phone interview the comment was a reference to the abstract she had attached for her co-author to provide feedback on, and that she did not remember why she made it.Since 2009, the candy paper authors have written papers for funders including Kellogg and industry groups for beef and fruit juice. "I suggest we focus on these first and 'hook' Kellogg for more funding before conducting more analyses," he wrote.For their paper about candy-eating children, a disclosure says the funders had no role in writing the manuscript. A Baylor College of Medicine representative, Lori Williams, said the school did not receive payment from the candy association or Nutrition Impact for the paper co-authored by Nicklas.
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