On average young people and children eat three times the recommended amount of sugar, while adults consume over double – facts that have helped lead Public Health England (PHE) to publish an evidence review of ways in which to reduce sugar consumption in the UK.
Sugar Reduction: The Evidence For Action has concluded that there are a range of contributory factors that have led to a rise in sugar consumption, including promotions, marketing, advertising and how much sugar is in manufactured food.
Action to tackle the problem includes reducing the number and volume of price promotions in restaurants and retail, the marketing of high sugar products to young children and both portion size and sugar content in drink and food products.
Eating too much sugar can result in weight gain, dental problems and other health issues. In England, nearly two-thirds of all adults are either obese or overweight, while a tenth of those aged between four and five, and nearly a fifth of those aged between ten and 11 are obese.
“There is no silver bullet solution to the nation’s bad sugar habit. A broad and balanced approach is our best chance of reducing sugar consumption to healthier levels and to see fewer people suffering the consequences of too much sugar in the diet,” chief nutritionist at PHE Dr Alison Tedstone said.
If your diet is concerning you and you’d like to start eating more healthily, get in touch with your local GP in Hertfordshire to find out how to start. We here at The Thornhill Clinic would be more than happy to help.