Pancake syrup is basically corn syrup, with a few flavorings plus or minus a few ingredients.
Maple Syrup is of course around 96% sucrose, and the rest water.
I think one part of the HFCS and fat people may be that people who are not conscious of their health tend to eat those foods.
They HFCS may not be a factor in the obesity.
However, like you said prplchnz, It makes me feel sick too.