Sugar-sweetened beverages and obesity
DAILY calories from sugar-sweetened beverages among U.S. adults (1980-2010):
CUMULATIVE TOTAL increment in the percentage of obese adults (orange stars) versus CUMULATIVE TOTAL calories from sugar-sweetened beverages (blue line; numerical data not shown in the figure):
Are these data consistent with an important effect of sugar-sweetened beverages on body weight? Do they suggest, on the contrary, that sugar-sweetened beverages are highly unlikely to be an important cause of obesity?