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Comment & Response
July 14, 2015

Added Sugar Intake and Public Health

Author Affiliations
  • 1New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, New York
JAMA. 2015;314(2):187. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.6221

To the Editor In their From The JAMA Network commentary, Drs Dhurandhar and Thomas1 concluded that there was “insufficient scientific evidence to support pursuit of policies limiting sugar intake” and dismissed the important role of public health entities to enact policies that improve well-being. When unhealthy products such as sugary drinks are heavily promoted by industry and target children and communities most burdened by obesity, health departments have a responsibility to innovate and use tools at their disposal, including policy, to protect public health.

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