Letters The science of obesity

Author’s reply to Cottrell

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3125 (Published 22 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3125
  1. Gary Taubes, co-founder1
  1. 1Nutrition Science Initiative, San Diego, California, USA
  1. gataubes{at}gmail.com

Cottrell cites a World Sugar Research Organisation report claiming that world consumption of caloric sweeteners (such as sucrose and high fructose corn syrup) has been static for decades.1 These data are difficult to reconcile with International Sugar Organisation reports that world sugar consumption rose between 2001 and 2011—by an average of 2.2% yearly, nearly twice the population growth rate.2

Such trends can …

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