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Dorset Health Experts Support Fizzy Drinks Ban


12:44pm 26th June 2014
(Updated 12:45pm 26th June 2014)

Dorset health experts have backed plans to help cut the nations sugar intake and get fizzy drinks off the dinner table, to tackle obesity.

It comes ahead of a report from Public Health England, released today (Thursday 26th June), that's set to recommend high sugar drinks should be banned at meal times.

The advice aims to help cut the obesity crisis and stop children consuming unnecessary calories.

They want Mum's and Dad's to promote drinking water and low fat milk at instead.

Dorset Nutritionist Naomi Evans is welcoming the new sugar guidelines and says fizzy drinks are packed with empty calories:

"The drink itself has a lot of calories but very little, if any, nutritional value to our bodies, so we're just adding calories. This just adds to our obesity problem because we're consuming too much. At meal time and in-between meal times it's much better to offer water so your child isn’t taking in calories they don't need."

Naomi told us people just don't realise how much sugar is in fizzy drinks:

"In one of the 500ml bottles you will have the equivalent of 18 sugar cubes, that's 53 grams of sugar, if you put 18 sugar cubes in a pile and ate them that's pretty horrible."

Dr Vicky Fern from Public Health Dorset says fizzy drinks are OK only in moderation:

"The problem that we have is unfortunately, there's a danger that we can get too many calories from fizzy drinks, more than that's recommended and therefore it's an opportunity to swap that for something that has less sugar in it to improve our dietary intake."

Last month (May) a national study found that children and teenagers are consuming around 40% more added sugar than the recommended daily allowance – with fruit juices and fizzy drinks the chief culprit.

Research has found two thirds of adults in Britain are overweight or obese, and British girls below the age of 20 are now the most overweight in Western Europe.

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