Check it out. The reporter seems resistant to the idea that anything could be wrong with giving kids juice boxes, and of course we had to hear from the Corn Refiners Association and a doctor who works for them. But seeing Dr. Lustig on national TV is a real step forward.
I always find it interesting when doctors explain that we’re becoming fatter simply because we’re eating more. Shouldn’t that explanation immediately spark another question … namely, WHY ARE WE EATING MORE? Doesn’t appetite have something to do with food intake? Shouldn’t we be looking for the reason our appetites have gone out of control? As Gary Taubes pointed out, blaming obesity on eating too much is a bit like saying the cause of alcoholism is drinking too much.
Dr. Lustig says fructose messes up our leptin levels and makes us hungrier, so we eat too much. Dr. Corn Refiner’s reply is that we eat too much. That doesn’t even qualify as a retort if you think about it.