Sugar awareness week this year is focused on snacks and how they may be hiding dangerous levels of sugar in light of clever marketing. Excessive snacks and sugary drinks in our diets are linked to weight gain, obesity, type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and poor dental hygiene. Sugary snacks and drinks are on the increase worldwide, especially in low and middle-income countries, and are particularly evident in children who may be easily swayed by marketing campaigns.
It is clear, many need to be educated about the potentially harmful effects of consuming high sugar snacks and drinks to excess. The government need to be the leaders, and show the public that they are taking the necessary action in reducing sugar in our foods, and to also promote how to balance a healthy lifestyle.