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New public health campaign against sugar.

AlabasterVerve
AlabasterVerve Posts: 3,171 Member
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Liverpool in drive to name and shame fizzy drink brands
Hard-hitting campaign seeks to cut children’s sugar intake in city with some of UK’s worst rates of obesity and tooth decay

"Sugary drinks can cause tooth decay, obesity and even type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers in the future."

Even though I actually do believe "too much" sugar is harmful (regardless of calories) I do question whether the current research supports these statements. Are good intentions enough for a government sponsored campaign against sugar sweetened beverages?
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  • NewMEEE2016
    NewMEEE2016 Posts: 192 Member
    I think this is a great campaign- EXCEPT that new research says that "low fat" is NOT good- especially for children!
  • NewMEEE2016
    NewMEEE2016 Posts: 192 Member
    Oh- and by promoting "sugar free drinks" they are likely to sway parents to give their children ARTIFICIAL sweeteners- which are worse than sugar- some have even been shown to affect brain development.
  • EvgeniZyntx
    EvgeniZyntx Posts: 24,210 Member
    edited May 2016
    "Sugary drinks can cause ... some cancers in the future."

    Atrocious English and poor science? Sounds about right for the UK DoH. Liverpool City Council is just following the poor lead.

  • gothomson
    gothomson Posts: 216 Member
    Lets be realistic, especially with the huge advertising slush funds these companies have, children will want these drinks. However, a few things are needed: proper funding of the alternatives to sugary drink - and I don't meant artificial ones either - so that they are widely available and affordable. Next let kids have those drinks - but try to moderate the amount they have, then cut back on advertising high sugar drinks. Will that happen? I doubt the soft drinks lobby will allow it.
  • Packerjohn
    Packerjohn Posts: 4,855 Member
    tomteboda wrote: »
    "Sugary drinks can cause tooth decay"
    Rinsing the mouth with water, regular brushing, and flossing can prevent it too.

    This is true. Now how many people do you know that brush their teeth after drinking a Coke?
  • Gamliela
    Gamliela Posts: 2,470 Member
    It occurs to me that parents sometimes buy flavoured milk to get the kid to drink milk at all!

    Sugared fruit drink to get at least some fruits into the kid!

    Its been ages since I had young people in my home, but when I was little, I know chocolate milk was used that way, my daughter did such for her son, my grandson, so my hope is that naysayers for sugary drinks' know what they are doing demonizing all those things. Who knows what we should do or not do if we can't even find some obvious science to decide, take right actions and feel pretty confident about what we feed the kiddies?

    Or is it just one more way to feed fear, raise cortisol, stress and hunger?
  • coreyreichle
    coreyreichle Posts: 1,039 Member
    Oh- and by promoting "sugar free drinks" they are likely to sway parents to give their children ARTIFICIAL sweeteners- which are worse than sugar- some have even been shown to affect brain development.

    How are they worse than sugar?
  • ilex70
    ilex70 Posts: 727 Member
    It would be a lot better if they swapped "contribute to" for "cause" IMO.

    "Cause" is a bit strong.

    One would think that if these products could be directly proven to cause said health problems they would be pulled off the market.
  • Gamliela
    Gamliela Posts: 2,470 Member
    Really! If soda pop causes diabetes and cancer in kiddies it should be banned to anyone under 18 years of age.
  • 2011rocket3touring
    2011rocket3touring Posts: 1,346 Member
    Love it since I'm enjoying the effects of sugar withdrawal. (headaches)