Why Americans Keep Getting Fatter
June 21, 2007
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The average American eats 142 pounds of sugar a year, or about 2.5 pounds each week.
That's a 23 percent increase over the last 25 years, and it is a major cause of the currently soaring rates of obesity and diabetes.Dr. David Ludwig, who treats childhood obesity at Boston Children's Hospital, says that one of the problems is the fact that the average convenience store is a nutritional disaster area.
Ludwig says that highly processed carbohydrates and refined sugars are causing hormonal changes that "drive hunger, cause overeating, and increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease."
Sugar in some form is present in nearly every packaged product in a grocery store, including spaghetti sauce, salad dressing, peanut butter, mayonnaise and ketchup. CBS News June 17, 2007
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