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Policy Statement: Interventions which reduce the consumption of energy from sugary drinks in children

BDA (2015) BDA    

Web URL: Read the BDA policy statement here

Abstract:

We are eating too much sugar

Reports published by The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) and Public
Health England in 2014 make a consistent and compelling case for a reduction in the
nation’s sugar intake.
The 2014 World Health Organisation (WHO) draft guideline on sugar intake proposed that
sugars should be less than 10% of total energy intake per day. Such action is likely to bring
about a reduction in the risk of calorie imbalance, weight gain and obesity and the
associated health, well-being and dental health problems. NICE (2014)recommends that
the frequency and amount of sugary food and drinks should be reduced to promote and
protect the oral health of children and adults.

The BDA

Supports, and advocates for, a range of public policies to reduce the frequency and amount of sugary drinks consumed by children and adolescents.

Supports the principle of a tax on sugary drinks as part of a range of measures that
will be essential to reduce obesity and improve diet.

Recommends School based education programmes as an example of interventions
which may offer health professionals the best opportunities for implementing cost
effective and sustainable interventions which are effective in children and
adolescents.