The Royal Society is a scientific body. To see it enter advocacy is a real problem to me.
New Zealand should look at making it mandatory for food labels to include the amount of added sugar, the Royal Society says.
The society, which represents top scholars and scientists, has just put out a fact sheet with the latest evidence about the sweetener’s health risks.
It said the issue was urgent, given a third of adults and 11 percent of children aged between two to 14 are obese.
Society president Richard Bedford said it was difficult for people to know how much sugar they were consuming.
“With a typical can of sugar-sweetened fizzy drink containing nine teaspoons of sugar, and sugar added to a wide range of food products in New Zealand … it is likely that many New Zealanders are exceeding World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines regularly, if not every day.”
89% of children are just fine. And of the 11% remaining, all 11% are due to sugar? Not fat? Not lack of exercise? Not shit parenting? This problem – and it is one – is not solved by hitting 89% of the kids over the head for something they’re not doing in the first place, and placing compliance costs and other overheads onto industry when there is absolutely zero indication that it actually makes a practical difference. Read more »