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June 3, 2009

Nutritively Sweetened Beverages and Obesity

JAMA. 2009;301(21):2209-2211. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.742

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).