The Sugar Season

The holiday season that is now upon us is a time for festivity, and usually of overeating. But the rampant consumption of sugar that marks this time of year is nothing to celebrate.

In fact, this seasonal upsurge in sugar consumption is just part of a huge transition in world health that is now underway. Many countries, especially developing countries, are facing the consequences of huge changes in lifestyle: modifications in diet, lower levels of physical activity, and increased tobacco use.

These changes are determined, to a large extent, by the globalization and expansion of food markets, and by ever-greater levels of urbanization. Both of these factors incite sedentary behavior at home and at work, as well as profound alterations in dietary habits.

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