People who eat more sugar are much more likely to be obese than those who eat less, according to a landmark finding by scientists.

The Public Health Nutrition and was funded by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), the Medical Research Council (MRC), and Cancer Research UK.

“This is an important piece of research. There are, so understanding the relationship between the amount of sugar people eat and obesity is important. This paper shows it may well be possible to use a measure of sugar intake in urine alongside what people report they have consumed so we can get a clearer picture of sugar consumption, whereas in the past we have relied solely on what people say they consume. Sugar is one of several things that can contribute to obesity. This paper contributes to the wider search for objective measures that can help us understand underreporting issues in people who are overweight or obese and has significant implications in future research.”

Dr Giota Mitrou, Head of Research Funding and Science Activities at WCRF

The study participants were all part of the long-running health study called EPIC (European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition). EPIC Norfolk is a study of more than 25,000 people in Norfolk who were recruited between 1993 and 1995 to investigate associations between diet, cancer and other diseases.