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The Global Politics of Obesity

Is Sugar the New Tobacco?

The WHO named sugar as the principal culprit in the current epidemic of obesity and such obesity-related diseases as diabetes and cardiovascular heart disease. One controversial element of the WHO plan to combat obesity is a recommendation that sugar intake be limited to just 10 percent of total daily caloric consumption. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson countered the WHO recommendation with a guideline suggesting that a healthy diet could contain two-and-a-half times as much sugar—that refined sugar, as opposed to naturally occurring sugars in fruits, could comprise 25 percent of a healthy diet.

Americans crave sugar. Though the United States is just 5 percent of the world population, it accounts for a staggering 33 percent of total global sugar consumption, more than ten million tons annually. Table 8.1 shows...

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