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President Donald Trump, who has said that ending NAFTA will make all three signatories “stronger and better,” just got some surprising backup from an academic study.

Researchers published a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine asserted that joining the agreement coincided with a rise in the caloric intake of Canadians between 1989 and 2006. During those years, imports of U.S. food and beverages rose by $5.26 billion. The added calories could lead to a weight gain of 4 to 20 pounds for a man over the age of 40, the researchers said.

One U.S. proposal in renegotiating NAFTA would have been to ban “front of pack” nutrition labels in Canada spelling out calorie counts and the like. U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer dubbed the labels “protectionist” in congressional testimony. Canada’s representative rejected the proposal.

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