Today is World Obesity Day — not exactly the sort of day we want to celebrate. Currently,one in four Australian children and nearly two in three adults are obese or overweight (35 percent overweight, 28 percent obese), and these rates have been increasing.
One of the major culprits driving this change is the amount of added sugar that we are consuming. The average Australian eats 14 teaspoons of added sugar per day, with teenagers eating more than 20 teaspoons of sugar per day. We are in the midst of a sugardemic.
A 600ml bottle of Coca Cola contains 16 teaspoons of sugar. Could you imagine sitting down and eating 16 teaspoons of sugar, and then washing it down with a couple of glasses of water? I can’t. But for many people, that is effectively what they are doing.
Is this a problem? Well, the World Health Organisation thinks we should limit added sugar consumption to fewer than six teaspoons per day to improve our health.