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If Sugar is Addictive… What Does it Mean for the Law?

Overview of attention for article published in The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, January 2021
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (94th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (91st percentile)

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3 news outlets
blogs
1 blog
twitter
18 tweeters

Citations

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17 Dimensions

Readers on

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76 Mendeley
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Title
If Sugar is Addictive… What Does it Mean for the Law?
Published in
The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, January 2021
DOI 10.1111/jlme.12038
Pubmed ID
Authors

Ashley Gearhardt, Michael Roberts, Marice Ashe

Abstract

Newly emerging links between sugar and addiction raise challenging issues for public health policy. What was once a naturally occurring food ingredient is now a highly concentrated food additive. If foods containing artificially high levels of sugar are capable of triggering addictive behaviors, how should policymakers respond? What regulatory steps would be suitable and practical? This paper explores the concept and definition of addiction and presents evidence of the addictive potential of sugar. It also explores the legal implications if sufficient evidence demonstrates that sugar is indeed addictive.

Twitter Demographics

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Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Spain 1 1%
Slovenia 1 1%
Unknown 74 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 16 21%
Student > Bachelor 16 21%
Researcher 11 14%
Other 10 13%
Student > Postgraduate 5 7%
Other 10 13%
Unknown 8 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 15 20%
Nursing and Health Professions 8 11%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 8 11%
Psychology 7 9%
Social Sciences 7 9%
Other 22 29%
Unknown 9 12%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 45. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 21 October 2021.
All research outputs
#757,719
of 22,353,257 outputs
Outputs from The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
#52
of 1,157 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#26,455
of 492,554 outputs
Outputs of similar age from The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
#7
of 73 outputs
Altmetric has tracked 22,353,257 research outputs across all sources so far. Compared to these this one has done particularly well and is in the 96th percentile: it's in the top 5% of all research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric.
So far Altmetric has tracked 1,157 research outputs from this source. They typically receive a lot more attention than average, with a mean Attention Score of 12.4. This one has done particularly well, scoring higher than 95% of its peers.
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