Town Hall Wrap Up – Food “Addiction” Theories: Is Sugar/Salt/Fat the New Nicotine?

September 29, 2014 4:45pm


Kurt D. Weaver
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP (Raleigh, NC)

In recent years, food and beverage companies have been the target of lawsuits and taken much of the blame for the obesity epidemic in America. Some consumer groups and class action plaintiffs are likening food and beverage companies to the tobacco companies of old by saying that manufacturers are making foods and beverages with “addictive” ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, salt, and fat. In this new and interactive “town hall” you will have the opportunity to hear the opinions of your peers and voice your thoughts on this controversial hot topic.

  • Understanding the addiction hypothesis: Salt, sugar (high fructose corn syrup), fat
  • How are these ingredients in food being compared to nicotine in tobacco?
  • How is the defense of self control now weakened by this food addiction hypothesis?