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Action on sugar formed to tackle obesity and diabetes

Thursday 09 January 2014


In response to news that a group has been formed to campaign on the reduction of sugar consumption,  Barbara Young, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said:

“We fully support any efforts to raise awareness that many foods contain more sugar than people might realise and to call on the food industry to reduce added sugar in our food and drink; this could make a real difference in helping tackle the obesity epidemic that is fuelling rates of Type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions.

“But it is important to be clear that we want to reduce sugar consumption because having too much can easily lead to weight gain, as is true with foods high in fat. So reducing the amount of sugar in our diets is not all that we need to do to reduce our risk of Type 2 diabetes.

"The evidence that sugar has a specific further role in causing Type 2 diabetes, other than by increasing our weight, is not clear. We look forward to the conclusions of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, which is due to report this year.”

Read our position statement (PDF, 392KB)