“Sugars: a uniquely obesogenic nutrient?”

Nutrition Seminar
Friday 6 July 2012
12:30 to 13:30, Salle A (1st floor)
WHO Geneva, Switzerland


Professor Jim Mann

The suggestion that sugar might have adverse health effects has been a recurring theme for decades, but recent interest has centred around the extent to which sugar(s) might increase the risk of overweight and obesity.

Inadequate study design, differences in assessing dietary intake, inconsistent findings and varying definitions of ‘sugars’ have precluded definitive conclusions. The most consistent association has been between a high intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and the development of obesity, but not all published meta-analyses have reported a statistically significant relationship.

Professor Mann will present the outcomes of the latest systematic review on sugars intake and weight gain and will discuss about the concerns regarding increasing rates of obesity, especially in childhood, which have led to calls for aggressive public health measures to counter promotion of sugar-sweetened beverages and other manufactured foods high in sugars.

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