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Robert Lustig

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– Grew up in Brooklyn, New York
– Attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan
– Earned a bachelors degree from MIT in 1976
– Obtained an MD from Cornell University Medical College in 1980
– Completed pediatric residency at St. Louis Childrens Hospital in 1983

– Discussed toxic effect of dietary fructose
– Linked fructose to liver damage and obesity
– Coauthored 2009 AHA guideline on sugar intake
– Highlighted harmful effects of sugars on health
– Emphasized that not all calories are equal

– Claims of fructose toxicity are disputed
– Excessive fructose consumption contributes to weight gain
– Surplus calories from fructose linked to obesity
Fructose in sweetened foods increases health risks
– Some reviews suggest no unique harm from fructose

Selected works:
– “Obesity Before Birth: Maternal and Prenatal Influences on the Offspring”
– “Fat Chance: Beating the Odds against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease”
– “Sugar Has 56 Names: A Shoppers Guide”
– “The Fat Chance Cookbook”
– “Metabolical: The Lure and Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine”

– Coauthored articles on metabolic syndrome in children
– Contributed to discussions on sugar and obesity
– Addressed the toxic truth about sugar
– Studied the effects of fructose on health
– Investigated dietary sugars intake and cardiovascular health

Robert Lustig (Wikipedia)

Robert H. Lustig (born 1957) is an American pediatric endocrinologist. He is Professor emeritus of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where he specialized in neuroendocrinology and childhood obesity. He is also director of UCSF's WATCH program (Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health), and president and co-founder of the non-profit Institute for Responsible Nutrition.

Robert H. Lustig
Lustig in 2013
Born1957 (age 66–67)
New York City, US
Medical career
ProfessionClinical medical practice, teaching and research
FieldNeuroendocrinology, pediatric endocrinology
InstitutionsUniversity of California, San Francisco, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
Sub-specialtiesChildhood obesity, metabolic syndrome
ResearchBiochemical, neural, hormonal and genetic influences contributing to obesity

Lustig came to public attention in 2009 when one of his medical lectures, "Sugar: The Bitter Truth", was aired. He is the editor of Obesity Before Birth: Maternal and Prenatal Influences on the Offspring (2010), and author of Fat Chance: Beating the Odds against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease (2013).

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