To the Editor: In their Commentary questioning the relationship between sugar-sweetened beverages and obesity, Drs Allison and Mattes1 cited our randomized controlled pilot study.2 We would like to clarify 2 points regarding this study: the nature of the counseling provided as part of the intervention and the relevance of effect modification by baseline body mass index (BMI).
Ebbeling CB, Ludwig DS. Nutritively Sweetened Beverages and Obesity. JAMA. 2009;301(21):2209-2211. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.742