Almost everyone knows that processed sugar often leads to the development of diabetes. Some people are lucky and can eat all the sugar they want without getting diabetes. My parents are an example. I recently visited them and was amazed at how much sugar they were eating. My father would substitute dinner for three chocolate bars and ice cream. Since he is unlikely to develop diabetes at this point I had to come up with another reason to get him to cut back on his sugar intake. I was thinking about telling him to switch to sugar free snacks but remembered that these snacks often substituted fat for sugar and were therefore more calorie dense (fat contains more calories per gram than sugar). This could lead to weight gain and increase his risk for problems related to obesity.