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January 16, 2013

On Jan. 2, the Journal of the American Medical Association released an important study detailing the effects of fructose versus glucose on appetite and weight gain.

Jonathan Purnell, M.D., professor of medicine and associate director of the OHSU Moore Institute, and Damien Fair, Ph.D., assistant professor of behavioral neuroscience and psychiatry, published an accompanying editorial in JAMA.

They concluded, "… the implications of the study by Page et al, as well as the mounting evidence from epidemiologic, metabolic feeding, and animal studies, are that the advances in food processing and economic forces leading to increased intake of added sugar and accompanying fructose in US society are indeed extending the supersizing concept to the population's collective waistlines." The authors called for more studies to definitively resolve the role of fructose in obesity.

Since then, one or both of the faculty members have been mentioned or quoted in more than 200 articles to date.

Read the full editorial.

Read the study.