Why are American gaining weight? Why do other countries see an increase in obesity as they adopt an American diet?

Doctors and scientists thought the problem was fat intake…that was back in the 70’s and 80’s…and they were wrong. Now the leading research says the problem is sugar.

Does it matter if it’s white sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or agave? Is chewing on a sugar cane different from popping a couple of sugar cubes?

Does anyone need to drink soda? Fruit juice? Sports drinks?

What is the role of exercise in the equation? If we run or bike or swim or work out enough, can we eat anything we want? And as much as we want?

Is a calorie a calorie, no matter what type of food it comes from?

Dr. Robert Lustig is the Director of the UCSF Weight Assessment for Teen and Child health Program,  a member of the Obesity task Force of the Endocrine Society and the pediatric Endocrine Society, and a member of the UCSF Institute for health Studies. His new books is “Fat Chance: Beating the odds Against Sugar, Processed Foods, Obesity, and Disease.

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