The growing obesity epidemic could be slow down or reverse in less than five years if the food industry reduce the levels of sugar containing their products, says an international group of physicians.
Experts from the United Kingdom, United States and Canada have launched the Action on Sugar (Sugar Action) against what they describe as one of the causes of obesity rates and high risk for diabetes.
The campaign aims to raise public awareness about this threat and put pressure on Governments and food companies to reduce the levels of “unnecessary” sugar.
Through his efforts the doctors try to imitate the reductions in salt levels in the diet, the consumption fell by 15% between 2001 and 2011, allowing cases of stroke and heart attack decrease by up to achieve annual minimum figures.
Experts believe that by 2017 or 2019 if the big food companies to drop by 20% or 30% the amount of sugar containing products could curb the tendency to obesity.
Meals and drinks with high sugar content pose a particular threat to children. “Sugar is the new tobacco. The cynical industry, concerned about profitand not by the public health, imposes on unsuspecting parents and their children sugary drinks and junk food, “noted Simon Capewell, professor of clinical epidemiology at the University of Liverpool (UK), quoted by ‘The Independent (http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/sugar-isthe-new-tobacco-cuts-to-amounts-hidden-in-food-could-halt-obesity-epidemicclaim-doctors9047785.html)‘.
The problems of obesity costs the UK more than 5,000 million pounds (8,000 million dollars) per year. Almost two thirds of the adult population and more than a quarter of children are overweight in the European country.