‘Public Heath: The Toxic Truth about Sugar’ is an article by R.H Lustig, C.D Brindis and L.A Schimdt, which was published in Nature in one of its 2012 editions. R.H Lustig is a professor of clinical paediatrics, specializing in childhood obesity at University of California, San Francisco. C.D Brindis direct the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy under UCSF, where both Brindis and L.A Schimdt are professors.
“Drunk-driving and passive smoking fatalities render sturdy arguments for alcohol and tobacco control respectively. The prolonged health-care, economic and human expenses on metabolic syndrome positions sugar in the same category” (Lustig, et al. 2012, p 11).
The primary concern posed by the authors in ‘Public Heath: The Toxic Truth about Sugar’ is the adverse effects posed by sugar on health, which demands restriction on sugar consumption as is the case with alcohol consumption. The United Nations declared that chronic non-communicable syndromes now pose a large health adversity than infectious ones. The article further analyses that every part of the world, which relies on Western diet is subject to such adverse effects on health.
Lustig, Brindis and Schimdt denote in their research that such countries witnessed hiking rates of obesity and relevant diseases. The announcement of United Nations aimed at alcohol and tobacco and improper diet as primary risk elements of non-communicable diseases. The authors suggest a critical response to the UN announcement by denoting that alcohol and tobacco are regulated but not diet. Owing to constitutional freedom and global conceptualization of free living, the contributors suggest that regulation of diet is not the approach but rather identification of Western dietary facts that need intervention, followed by appropriate imposition of restriction is. The article prominently and majorly focuses on the adversity of added sugar.