A recently published book ‘Fat Chance: The Bitter Truth About Sugar’ by Dr Robert Lustig highlights the widespread practice of adding sugar to food and drink products and the role sugar is playing in the obesity epidemic. It has been suggested that sugar may be equally as damaging to human health as fat and perhaps worse.
- Sugar is said to be addictive and many food producers take advantage of this element by including it in a number of their products.
- Excess sugar in a diet may lead to disease so although there is no need to eliminate it from the diet entirely there is a need to reduce consumption to ‘healthy’ levels and for us to wean ourselves off what has become a ubiquitous element of our diets.
Obesity has a tremendous impact on the wellbeing of individuals and puts considerable strain on the UK health system. Understanding the key drivers of obesity may better inform decisions about food labelling, production and consumption. This knowledge may also be useful for better informing public health campaigns that aim to raise awareness about issues like obesity.