Saturday 29 April 2017

'Shocking snapshot' as most adults  have no idea of their sugar intake

Leading healthcare expert Dr Nina Byrnes is warning about sugar consumption. Photo: Maxwells
Leading healthcare expert Dr Nina Byrnes is warning about sugar consumption. Photo: Maxwells

Ian Begley

The vast majority of Irish adults don't know the recommended daily limit of sugar, according to new research.

It found that 46pc rarely or never check their food's sugar content, despite 82pc 'regularly' consuming confectionery.

The nationwide survey found a worrying 80pc of adults don't know their recommended daily sugar intake and only 14pc of Irish parents know their children's recommended consumption.

The LloydsPharmacy research, conducted by Amárach among 1,000 Irish people over the age of 16, is part of a campaign to highlight the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Irish men now have the highest body mass index (BMI) in Europe, according to a 2016 study published by medical journal 'The Lancet'.

GP and leading healthcare expert Dr Nina Byrnes said the findings were a "shocking snapshot of the diabetes challenge faced by the public, healthcare professionals and policymakers".

"With sugar consumption on the rise, and obesity and type 2 diabetes along with it, there is an urgent need to educate the public on the dangers of an unhealthy lifestyle, particularly children and especially secondary school pupils," she said.

Irish Independent

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