Burke: Sugar is the new tobacco

Written by Patrick Burke for the Democrat & Chronicle

"...The sugar problem finds its way into the costs of doing business with “our annual health care spending on issues of weight ($190 billion) now exceeds those caused by smoking.”  On an individual basis, average annual medical bills for obese men are $1,152 more than for non-obese. For women, the gap is more than $3,600.  Dr. Eisenberg goes further, suggesting obesity in the marketplace reduces worker productivity.

The addition of refined sugar and high-fructose corn syrup have exploded in processed foods and soda over the last 50 years to where the average American currently consumes 130 pounds of sugar annually, which is 60 percent above the toxic level of 80 pounds.  Sugar is the new tobacco."...

Read the whole article written by Patrick Burke for the Democrat & Chronicle at: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/money/columnist/burke/2015/11/24/sugar-obesity-suckered-jeffrey-eisenberg/76336238/