Obesity and Sugar Intake
It has been suggested that sugar plays a major role in the etiology of obesity. However, there are several arguments against this hypothesis.
- First, sugars suppress appetite to the same extent as other carbohydrates.
- Second, there is no relationship between the per capita amount of sugar available in the food supply and the incidence of obesity in the population.
- Third, epidemiologic studies show an inverse relationship between sugar intake and obesity and a direct relationship between obesity and fat intake and the ratio of fat to sugar in the diet.
Obesity is a Complex Issue
Obesity is a complex problem and its cause cannot be simply attributed to any one component of the food supply.