Lost in the criticism, however, as The Atlantic points out, is the answer to the study's core question of whether government sugar guidelines are as effective as they could be. (The piece also draws attention to Schillinger's personal involvement in diabetes-prevention advocacy as an intellectual conflict of interest). Regardless of who paid for the review, its argument—that the criteria for sugar intake recommendations are based on "low quality" evidence—is an issue worth raising independently. As the rebuttal contends, "Facing panic over the continued, relentless climb in obesity and diabetes rates with no solution in sight, [governments have] gone ahead and passed sugar guidelines pinned to exact thresholds. If as the Annals paper concludes, experts are skirting scientific norms by passing guidelines based on weak evidence, the whole process of guideline-making is effectively watered down."