- Created: Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:11
One of my kids recently did a research project on kids eating too much sugar.
You see Australia is having a discussion about the introduction of a possible sugar tax.
Do you think your kids eat too much sugar? Who can help? What can you do?
Here’s some stats gleaned from an up-to-date news article:
- Men aged 14-18 years averaged 92grams or 21 teaspoons of free sugars/day (10% consume 160g/day). However, the recommended average consumption per day is just 6 teaspoons.
- Australia is among the leading markets for sugary beverages, consumed by 47% of kids and 31% of adults.
- In 2011-12 Australians consumed an average of 60g of free sugar per day (14 teaspoons of white sugar), with 52grams coming from added sugars in energy dense nutrient poor discretionary foods and beverages.
(“Sweet Relief: sugar tax plan for a fat nation”; The Sydney Morning Herald, February 18-19, 2017 p6-7)
Cumulative evidence links weight gain, diabetes and dental problems with sugary drinks.
So, would a tax like we have on tobacco and alcohol curb consumption or shape our behaviour?
Immediately after forming her opinion she started finding food items in our pantry and identified their sugar content. Armed with the knowledge of what is an appropriate or safe daily sugar intake, she was surprised to see how much sugar was in so many foods that she enjoyed.
You see, you can think you are being reasonably healthy until you do some homework and realise that your sugar intake is considerable.
What did my daughter decide on the idea of a sugar tax?