"All the credible evidence highlights that, as a nation, we are consuming too much sugar in our diet.”
From what you continuously hear, if I asked you
what nation this person is referring to your first guess would most
likely be the United States. Correct? However this quote shows that
obesity is a global problem just as much as it is a domestic one.
The person that said this was Amanda Avery, the
vice-chair of Dietitians in Obesity Management for the British Dietetic
Association (BDA), think of them as the UK’s Academy of Nutrition and
Dietetics. Amanda was commenting about a statement made by the BDA
suggesting new policies be implemented in an effort to stymie the
over-consumption of sugary drinks throughout the United Kingdom.
Polices entailed amongst other things:
· A range of public policies to reduce the frequency and amount of sugary drinks consumed by children and adolescents
· Tax on sugary drinks
· School based education programs
If this sounds familiar, it should. New York City
issued a policy in 2013 on soft drinks. Even though the court of appeals
denied the policy to proceed in 2014, the reasons for its
implementation have a striking resemblance to our friends across the
pond. “A historic step to address a major health problem of our time,"
was the words of Former New York Health Commissioner, Thomas Farley.
Some may argue that there is overreaching in
attempts to regulate what someone actually eats or drinks, but can it be
argued that their heart is in the right place? Obesity is a growing
epidemic in the United Kingdom, and over half the adults in New York
City are overweight, as well as 40 percent of kids in public school.
However, the “ask for forgiveness, not permission” approach may not be
the best way to go about convincing people to eat healthier.
You have to wonder if efforts maybe better invested
if we continue to create ways to teach people how to eat healthier and
covering all bases of a healthy diet as oppose to just focusing on one
part of it. What do you think?
Source: DNAinfo, British Dietetic Association
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