‘Sugar is the new tobacco,’ said Simon Capewell, professor of clinical epidemiology at the University of Liverpool.
Being an ex-sugar addict this news caught my attention right away and love what is happening in Great Britain. I am proud of them.
‘Action on Sugar’ has formed a campaign to tackle obesity and diabetes in the UK. They are putting pressure on the government and industry to reduce the sugar content of food and drinks by up to 30%. The idea is to halt the obesity epidemic and reduce chronic disease in a practical way that will work and cost very little.
“The science says that sugar is dangerous exclusive of its calories, just like alcohol, the alcohol of childhood”. says chair of Action Againt Sugar Professor Graham MacGregor.
Marketing ploys to cut calories is not working. Industry must lower sugar content of processed foods, UK doctors are saying. Action on Sugar says asking firms to make voluntary changes has failed. Political attempts such as New York’s fat tax on non-diet soft drink often fail because of powerful resistance from the food industry.