by Christopher Snowdon
Institute of Economic Affairs
August 27, 2014
Briefing Paper
The weight of evidence strongly suggests that the rise in obesity since 1980 has not come about as a result of increased energy consumption, rather it has come about despite a marked reduction in energy consumption. Any attempt to pin the blame on specific ingredients, such as sugar and saturated fat, is hindered by the inconvenient truth that consumption of these nutrients has also declined.

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