According to World Health Organization (WHO), 39% of people worldwide are overweight and 11% are obese.
And this is all because of the huge quantities of sugar that are being consumed everyday! The Obesity Society informs that the average American consumes more than 300 calories of added sugar everyday.
In order to fight against obesity and other chronic diseases like diabetes, the WHO says there should be a sugar tax.
“Consumption of free sugars, including products like sugary drinks, is a major factor in the global increase of people suffering from obesity and diabetes. If governments tax products like sugary drinks, they can reduce suffering and save lives. They can also cut healthcare costs and increase revenues to invest in health services”, said Dr. Douglas Bettcher, director of WHO’s Department for the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases.
“Nutritionally, people don’t need any sugar in their diet. WHO recommends that if people do consume free sugars, they keep their intake below 10% of their total energy needs, and reduce it to less than 5% for additional health benefits. This is equivalent to less than a single serving (at least 250 ml) of commonly consumed sugary drinks per day”, said Dr. Francesco Branca, director of WHO’s Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, in a statement, according to Medical Daily.