Societal Control of Sugar Essential to Ease Public Health Burden, Experts Urge

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Sugar should be controlled like alcohol and tobacco to protect public health, according to a team of UCSF researchers, who maintain in a new report that sugar is fueling a global obesity pandemic, contributing to 35 million deaths annually worldwide from non-communicable diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Non-communicable diseases now pose a greater health burden worldwide than infectious diseases, according to the United Nations. In the United States, 75 percent of health care dollars are spent treating these diseases and their associated disabilities.

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University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) (2012, February 1). Societal control of sugar essential to ease public health burden, experts urge. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 2, 2012, from http://www.sciencedaily.comĀ­ /releases/2012/02/120201135312.htm
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