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Pediatrician Author Argues That Sugar –- Not Fat –- Is Making The World Obese

March 20, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
The real villain in the global obesity epidemic is not fat, but sugar, in all its forms, according to pediatrician Dr. Robert Lustig, whose book “Fat Chance: The Bitter Truth About Sugar”, has caused a stir in the U.S. Lustig has spent 16 years studying the effects of sugar consumption on the central nervous system, metabolism and disease. The oceans of sugary soft drinks that children and adults consume are as complicit as the mountains of burgers – made from corn-fed beef – in the obesity problem. Lustig says cheap sugar is difficult to avoid: it’s found in all kinds of foods. Why? Years ago food manufacturers, under attack for fat content in their products, replaced fat with sugar to make products more palatable.
Sarah Boseley, health editor, "Sugar, not fat, exposed as deadly villain in obesity epidemic", The Guardian, March 20, 2013, © Guardian News and Media Limited
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