01 Aug 2018
“We are eating too much sugar”  Reports published by The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) and Public Health England in 2014  , make a consistent and compelling case for a reduction in the nation’s sugar intake. Free sugars are of particular concern – this includes sugars that are added to foods and drinks, or found in honey, syrups and fruit juice, but does not include sugars in milk or whole fruit . Free sugar consumption amongst children is particularly high, and soft drinks are the largest contributor to childhood free sugar intake, according to the most recent National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) . The government has taken steps to address this through their soft drinks industry levy and sugar reduction programme.
• Supports, and advocates for, a range of public policies and initiatives to reduce the frequency and amount of sugary drinks consumed by children and adolescents.
• Supports the UK government’s Soft Drinks Industry Levy as part of a range of measures that will be essential to reduce obesity and improve diet, and believes it should be kept under review to ensure its ongoing effectiveness.
• Reducing consumption of sugary foods and drinks should be a key component of a whole-systems approach to tackling obesity and supporting children and adolescents to lead healthy lifestyles.
• Recommends school-based education programmes as examples of interventions to reduce sugar sweetened beverage consumption. These may offer health care professionals the best opportunities for implementing economical, sustainable interventions which are effective in children and adolescents.