Importance of Sugar Smart

Many of us are having too much sugar and it’s bad for our health. It is leading to high rates of obesity, Type 2 Diabetes and tooth decay. In Enfield, we have one of the highest prevalence of Type 2 diabetes in London, and more than two in five (41.0%) Year 6 pupils are either obese or overweight (NCMP, 2015/16).

  • adults eat and drink twice the recommended maximum daily amount of 7 teaspoons of added free sugar*
  • children consume three times the recommended maximum daily amount of 5-6 teaspoons.

One soft drink may be two to three times this amount – a 330ml can of coke contains 9 teaspoons of sugar!

*Free sugar is any sugar that is added to foods at home or by the producer, plus sugar naturally present in honey, syrups and fruit juices.  It does not include sugar naturally present in milk or whole fruit and vegetable

 

  •  Find out more about how sugar in our diet affects our health
  • For tips to cut down on sugar in your diet go to NHS Choices
  • For fun ideas to cut down on sugar go to Change4Life

 

Make a pledge to become Sugar Smart as an individual or family

Make a pledge to become Sugar Smart on behalf of your organisation, group, school or workplace