Geraint Davies MP puts pressure on Government with launch of Sugar Awareness Week

Launching the National Sugar Awareness Week Geraint Davies Labour MP for Swansea West said

"Eating too much sugar costs the NHS £6billion in obesity and diabetes and the economy £47billion in lost productivity.
"Too much sugar makes lives shorter and less happy. One in four adults is obese and overweight children are often bullied with child obesity doubling by the end of primary school to one in three children.

"We need to take decisive action now. The World Health Association says men should consume no more the nine teaspoonfuls of added sugar - or one can of Coke - and women six  -or a light yoghurt. That's why my Sugar Bill proposes that sugar is labelled in spoonfuls on all food and drink.


"Despite fluoride in our toothpaste and drinking water tooth decay continues to rise in children which is why the British Dental Association is supporting my Bill.

 

"Fizzy drinks accounts for 40% of children's sugar intake so should be taxed to encourage switching to water or artificial sweeteners. This would raise between half a billion and a billion pounds and dramatically cut NHS costs so savings could be used for cheaper fresh food for poorer communities.


"I'm pleased that Tesco and the British Retail Association supported the launch as retailers must support the drive towards sugar awareness and controlling irresponsible promotions. My sugar bill says that high-sugar products should not be allowed to be promoted as low-fat to masquerade as healthy.


"The parliamentary launch was organised by Action Against Sugar and supported by Public Health England.
"Dentists and doctors will be e mailed to encourage them to ask their MPs to support my bill and put pressure on the Government to strengthen their proposals due in January."

 

Geraint Davies MP talking about sugar and children's tooth decay with The President of the British Dental Association

Geraint Davies MP talking about sugar and children's tooth decay with The Chair of the British Dental Association 


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