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​Stricter product reformulation needed to combat tooth decay, says BDA

17 February 2016

The BDA is supporting Action on Sugar's call today for stricter product reformulation of sugar and fat with mandated targets, a ban on promotions and marketing of unhealthy products and a 20 per cent tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, to combat obesity and tooth decay in the UK.

New research from Action on Sugar is highlighting the high levels of sugar found in some high street coffee shop chain hot drinks, some of which contain up to 25 teaspoons of sugar, which is over three times more than the recommended maximum adult daily intake of sugars
(7 teaspoons).

The Government is soon to release a Childhood Obesity Strategy, and healthcare campaigners, including the BDA, have been calling on the government to take serious action towards reducing the amount of sugar and fat in people's diets.

Action on Sugar's research highlights the problem on clarity on labelling, and found that 98% of the 131 flavoured drinks they analysed would receive a 'red' (high) label for excessive levels of sugars per serving as sold. Under current UK law, manufacturers are encouraged, but not obliged, to label their products responsibly.

sugar infographic 

Nearly a quarter of the added sugar in our diet comes from soft drinks, fruit juice and other non-alcoholic drinks and children aged 11-18 get 40 per cent of their added sugars from drinks, mainly soft drinks, such as cola. Around one in eight children admits to drinking sugary drinks at least four times a day.

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a robust and evidence-based plan for the UK to prevent childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes. The BDA has been calling for oral health to not be forgotten as part of the wider health debate, highlighting the epidemic of tooth decay in children: in 2012 almost one-third of five year olds in England had tooth decay.

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