Only In America: Purchase A Giant Pepsi To Raise Money For Diabetes Research

kfc_pepsi_diabetesThe Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation has confirmed that this is a real promotion occurring now at KFCs across the country. Gulp down a “mega jug” of Pepsi — that’s a half gallon containing 56 spoonfuls of sugar — and one whole dollar will go towards finding a cure for the terrible disease that the drink will give you. Via Grist:

I honestly didn’t believe this one was for real at first. No way even KFC, purveyors of a sandwich that uses fried meat as a delivery mechanism for fried meat, would seriously market a soda size called the “mega jug.” And even if they did, they’d never have the chutzpah to donate “mega jug” dollars to juvenile diabetes research.

Sadly, I had totally underestimated KFC’s capacity for irony. The mega jug is a half gallon of soda, and this is a real local promotion. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation defends it thus: “JDRF supports research for type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease that results when the immune system attacks the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, therefore requiring a child or adult with the disease to depend on insulin treatment for the rest of their lives. It is a common misconception that type 1 diabetes is caused by obesity or eating too much junk food or sweets.”

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41 Comments on "Only In America: Purchase A Giant Pepsi To Raise Money For Diabetes Research"

  1. It IS ironic, but drinking Pepsi doesn’t “give” you diabetes, especially juvenile diabetes.  Diabetics need to avoid sugary food & drink, of course, but why is it so bad for those of us NOT afflicted with diabetes to remember those who are when we enjoy a (giant-sized) sugary drink?  That actually makes sense.

  2. It IS ironic, but drinking Pepsi doesn’t “give” you diabetes, especially juvenile diabetes.  Diabetics need to avoid sugary food & drink, of course, but why is it so bad for those of us NOT afflicted with diabetes to remember those who are when we enjoy a (giant-sized) sugary drink?  That actually makes sense.

  3. Scarlett_156 | Jun 17, 2011 at 1:14 pm |

    It IS ironic, but drinking Pepsi doesn’t “give” you diabetes, especially juvenile diabetes.  Diabetics need to avoid sugary food & drink, of course, but why is it so bad for those of us NOT afflicted with diabetes to remember those who are when we enjoy a (giant-sized) sugary drink?  That actually makes sense.

    • “but drinking Pepsi doesn’t “give” you diabetes”…
       
      oic thanks for that.

      ” but why is it so bad for those of us NOT afflicted with diabetes to remember those who are when we enjoy a (giant-sized) sugary drink?”

      Oh right good point…………………

    • Jin The Ninja | Jun 17, 2011 at 3:15 pm |

       you are being sarcastic or ironic right?

      if not- are you sure you understand what diabetes is?

    • jackedu317 | Jun 17, 2011 at 3:59 pm |

       i’ll remember that next time i see a fat kid on his porch chugging a two liter…

    • It is true that sugary soft drinks aren’t associated with Juvenile diabetes. According to research done by the  American Medical Association, however: “Higher consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with a
      greater magnitude of weight gain and an increased risk
      for development of type 2 diabetes in women,
      possibly by providing excessive calories and large amounts of rapidly
      absorbable
      sugars.”

      http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/292/8/927.abstract

  4. “but drinking Pepsi doesn’t “give” you diabetes”…
     
    oic thanks for that.

    ” but why is it so bad for those of us NOT afflicted with diabetes to remember those who are when we enjoy a (giant-sized) sugary drink?”

    Oh right good point…………………

  5. DeepCough | Jun 17, 2011 at 6:00 pm |

     Well, this is a clever ad campaign to acquire research subjects.

  6. DeepCough | Jun 17, 2011 at 6:00 pm |

     Well, this is a clever ad campaign to acquire research subjects.

  7. DeepCough | Jun 17, 2011 at 6:00 pm |

     Well, this is a clever ad campaign to acquire research subjects.

  8. DeepCough | Jun 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm |

     Well, this is a clever ad campaign to acquire research subjects.

  9. Proving at a stroke (ha!) that we are less a Christian nation as a Discordian one. 

  10. Proving at a stroke (ha!) that we are less a Christian nation as a Discordian one. 

  11. Proving at a stroke (ha!) that we are less a Christian nation as a Discordian one. 

  12. Anonymous | Jun 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm |

    Wake UP, America!  Diet Pepsi is PEOPLE!

    This all makes perfect sense to me.  Sure, on the surface it could like one of the most Orwellian perversities to afflict mankind in the last 15 minutes.  But trust me, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation knows what they’re doing:  They’re probably spiking Pepsi with chemical castration agents to take gullible lard-asses out of the gene pool.

  13. Liam_McGonagle | Jun 17, 2011 at 2:22 pm |

    Wake UP, America!  Diet Pepsi is PEOPLE!

    This all makes perfect sense to me.  Sure, on the surface it could like one of the most Orwellian perversities to afflict mankind in the last 15 minutes.  But trust me, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation knows what they’re doing:  They’re probably spiking Pepsi with chemical castration agents to take gullible lard-asses out of the gene pool.

  14. jackedu317 | Jun 17, 2011 at 6:37 pm |

    make sure everyone gets their daily dose of GM corn syrup, aspartame, oh and don’t forget about the flavor enhancing dead baby parts.(sorry…stem cells from aborted fetuses… sounds better that way…)

  15. jackedu317 | Jun 17, 2011 at 2:37 pm |

    make sure everyone gets their daily dose of GM corn syrup, aspartame, oh and don’t forget about the flavor enhancing dead baby parts.(sorry…stem cells from aborted fetuses… sounds better that way…)

  16. It’s irony on a base level, but I like it.

  17. It’s irony on a base level, but I like it.

  18.  you are being sarcastic or ironic right?

    if not- are you sure you understand what diabetes is?

  19. Grooveboss | Jun 17, 2011 at 7:49 pm |

    supply and demand. These evil corporations are really out of this world 

  20. Grooveboss | Jun 17, 2011 at 3:49 pm |

    supply and demand. These evil corporations are really out of this world 

  21. jackedu317 | Jun 17, 2011 at 7:59 pm |

     i’ll remember that next time i see a fat kid on his porch chugging a two liter…

  22. Hadrian999 | Jun 17, 2011 at 8:53 pm |

    it’s beautiful in it’s absurdity

  23. Hadrian999 | Jun 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm |

    it’s beautiful in it’s absurdity

  24. Voidthought | Jun 17, 2011 at 9:53 pm |

    The very bottom should of read, “Help Us Find A Cure! You’re gonna need it!”

  25. Voidthought | Jun 17, 2011 at 9:53 pm |

    The very bottom should of read, “Help Us Find A Cure! You’re gonna need it!”

  26. Voidthought | Jun 17, 2011 at 5:53 pm |

    The very bottom should of read, “Help Us Find A Cure! You’re gonna need it!”

  27. This still doesn’t top the time Burger King promoted the anti-factory farming movie “Chicken Run.”

  28. This still doesn’t top the time Burger King promoted the anti-factory farming movie “Chicken Run.”

  29. Anonymous | Jun 17, 2011 at 11:38 pm |

    The long-awaited sequel to their ‘buckets for cancer’ promotion

  30. JoiquimCouteau | Jun 17, 2011 at 7:38 pm |

    The long-awaited sequel to their ‘buckets for cancer’ promotion

  31. my thought exactly: Help Us Find A Cure.. Become A Guinea Pig Today

  32. It is true that sugary soft drinks aren’t associated with Juvenile diabetes. According to research done by the  American Medical Association, however: “Higher consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with a
    greater magnitude of weight gain and an increased risk
    for development of type 2 diabetes in women,
    possibly by providing excessive calories and large amounts of rapidly
    absorbable
    sugars.”

    http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/292/8/927.abstract

  33. Sorry, drinking a tub of pepsi doesn’t give you type I diabetes.  Try again.

  34. Sorry, drinking a tub of pepsi doesn’t give you type I diabetes.  Try again.

  35. Anonymous | Jun 18, 2011 at 9:35 pm |

    This program should be mandatory for stuff like Pepsi/Coke, and not in the wussy way that NY did only taxing non-diet drinks, as if the diet drinks weren’t their own kind of poison.

  36. This program should be mandatory for stuff like Pepsi/Coke, and not in the wussy way that NY did only taxing non-diet drinks, as if the diet drinks weren’t their own kind of poison.

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