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Sugar and Excess Weight: Evidence Mounts

Sugar & Weight: Perspective

The results suggest sugar increases body weight mainly by encouraging overeating, according to Walter Willett, MD, PhD, MPH, chair of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. He co-wrote an editorial to accompany the study.

However, he writes, many questions remain about sugar and weight.

The 10% limit set by the WHO ''could be viewed as a realistic practical goal," he says.

Keeping sugar to 10% of calories, if on a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet, would mean eating and drinking just 200 calories a day of sugars.

One way to cut down is to eat whole fruit and not drink sweetened juices, says Ping Zhou, MD, a pediatric endocrinologist at The Children's Hospital of Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.

Sugars from whole fruits have not been linked with weight gain, according to Willett.

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