We're never going to win on obesity: It's time to change the conversation, says Lustig

By Nathan Gray

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We're never going to win on obesity: The conversation needs to change
The fight for public health should not be against obesity, but rather the dangerous metabolic conditions that both obese and non-obese people suffer from. And the prime target for those diseases is sugar, says Professor Robert Lustig.

Speaking today at a symposium on 'Sugar, Fat  and the Public Health Crisis' Lustig told delegates and the media that the battle against obesity is one that will never be won, and that the 'conversation needs to change' to one based on non-communicable diseases  (NCDs)

"It's not about obesity, it's about metabolic conditions,"​ said Lustig, who was the keynote speaker for the two day event.

"This is the biggest public health crisis in the history of mankind,"​ said the keynote speaker. "The UN secretary general declared NCD ... the biggest threat to developed and developing world than infectious disease including HIV."

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