Sugar prob­lem will crash health sys­tem

Sunday Tribune - - LETTERS -

THE health es­tab­lish­ment has been over­whelmed by the prob­lems ex­ces­sive sugar con­sump­tion are caus­ing.

The prob­lem is get­ting so bad it will soon crash the health sys­tem.

The food in­dus­try, much like the tobacco in­dus­try did be­fore it was slapped with puni­tive costs for hid­ing the ad­dic­tive na­ture of nico­tine, is tak­ing no re­spon­si­bil­ity for the grow­ing health cri­sis in our coun­try.

Obe­sity in chil­dren is an alarm­ing man­i­fes­ta­tion of the in­take of too many calo­ries. Many other health prob­lems are also ev­i­dent. The tax on drinks will not pro­vide con­sumers with in­for­ma­tion they need.

I there­fore wish to urge ac­tivists and con­cerned role­play­ers to de­mand leg­is­la­tion that will com­pel food man­u­fac­tur­ers to show the ac­tual sugar con­tent of a prod­uct by af­fix­ing a white strip on each pack­age or bot­tle that cor­re­sponds in width with the amount of sugar in the prod­uct.

If 10% of the prod­uct is sugar, the white strip must cover 10% of the pack­age or bot­tle.

Shapes and sizes of bot­tles and boxes must al­low for fair com­par­isons to be made be­tween prod­ucts of a sim­i­lar na­ture.

Food man­u­fac­tur­ers who do not wish to face mas­sive claims in the fu­ture should be trans­par­ent and re­veal graph­i­cally the ac­tual quan­tity of sugar in each item.

Sugar can­not re­main an un­quan­ti­fied in­gre­di­ent. Peo­ple have a right to know ex­actly how much sugar they are con­sum­ing to de­ter­mine what im­pact their di­etary habits are hav­ing on their health and well-be­ing.

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