Thursday, June 3, 2010

Obesity and Soda.

A study by UAB was released today saying that there is no direct correlation between consumption of sugary drinks and obesity.

Anyone out there surprised?

It does appear that we as a society have sought a one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition - and weight loss. From the food pyramid to the Atkins diet, we seek a single over-arching philosophy that will our stomachs to satiety and our bodies to six-packs and thin waists.

But these approaches seem extreme and simplistic. In reality the personal genes and metabolism of each individual hold the keys to a healthy diet. Right now we get to our ideal state by trial and error experimentation. But it is likely that within a few years, a simple assessment of an individual's DNA will be all that is needed.

So no decisive link between sugar and obesity. The tax lobby loses a key argument... And the rest of us have to continue to look for our own nutritional answers elsewhere.