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Is Sugar The Cause Of Obesity?

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Sugar appeases our sweet tooth and makes our food taste so good. Do you think too much of a good thing can be harmful?

The recently released documentary Fed Up brings attention to youth obesity by asserting that sugar and sugar additives are the cause of this epidemic.

Is it reasonable to believe that only sugar is the culprit? Spokespeople for the American Society for Nutrition and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics feel differently on the matter. ASN and AND disapprove of the “documentary’s one-sided and sugar-obsessed take on obesity,” according to Outside.

Hence, Fed Up falls short on emphasizing the role of other calorie sources in weight gain, and it discounts one of the most powerful tools in the war on obesity: physical activity.

BBC Science says “sugars are converted into glycogen or fat for storage, or kept as glucose in the blood for use in the body’s cells. So it’s the quantity you consume that makes the difference to your health.”

Therefore, weight gain can be managed by “an hour or more of physical activity per day” along with a balanced diet according to the National Weight Control Registry.

Instead of focusing on sugar as the sole element which can effect your overall health, why not ask yourself, “Am I ready to take a step to better my health”?

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