Big sugar and the ‘big flaw’ in Australia’s federal health programs Four Corners By Michael Brissenden Updated Mon at 7:19pm

2 May

 

The following is from the updated Four Corners program:

“Australia is now one of the fattest nations on Earth.

Sixty per cent of us are overweight or obese, and by 2025 that figure will rise to 80 per cent.

Despite this, Australia still has no national obesity strategy.

What we do have are two key federal programs — the Healthy Food Partnership to encourage healthy eating, and the Health Star rating, a front-of-pack labelling system.

But the rules for these two initiatives have been set by committees made up of government and public health advocates, as well as food industry representatives.

According to one insider who spoke to Four Corners, “the reality is that industry is … making most of the policy”, and public health advocates are only included “so we can have the least-worst solution”.

Companies like Coca-Cola, Pepsico, Unilever, Nestle and Kelloggs have a seat at the table setting the policies that shape consumption of their own sugar-laced products.

As Australia’s obesity and diabetes rates continue to soar, public health advocates have told Four Corners the industry has been obstructing and delaying policy outcomes that would lead to better health.

And they have likened their tactics to those deployed by the tobacco industry . . . . ”

To read on please go to:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-30/big-sugar-and-the-big-flaw-in-australias-health-programs/9707204

And here is a warning sign about not feeding kangaroos in a wild life sanctuary. People should really be taking notice of this:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-02/do-not-feed-the-kangaroos-sign/9716842

Here in this article it says how bad it is for kangaroos to feed them processed food:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-02/agro-kangaroos-addicted-to-carrots-attack-tourists/9716612

And even feeding them carrots in huge amounts can lead to addiction and very bad behaviour by kangaroos where they become very aggressive.

 

 

4 Responses to “Big sugar and the ‘big flaw’ in Australia’s federal health programs Four Corners By Michael Brissenden Updated Mon at 7:19pm”

  1. stuartbramhall May 3, 2018 at 7:32 am #

    Sounds like a great program, Aunty. Presumably they’ll wait about 4 years to show it here in New Zealand. Maori TV often rebroadcasts ABC documentaries.

    • auntyuta May 3, 2018 at 11:35 am #

      Stuart, I hope you won’t have to wait 4 yeas to see it.
      When you go to the link below, you can read how even cuddly kangaroos can get addicted to sweet carrots and other food and become aggressive because of overfeeding and eating food that is unnatural for them.

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-02/agro-kangaroos-addicted-to-carrots-attack-tourists/9716612

      And if you go to this link, you can practically read about the whole program:

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-30/big-sugar-and-the-big-flaw-in-australias-health-programs/9707204

      I reckon the following figures are most interesting. How on earth can we stay healthy with a consumption of sugar as high as this?

      Natural Society conducted research into the average consumption of sugar from 1700 to the present day, and found that:

      · In 1700, the average person consumed approximately 4.9 grams of sugar each day (1.81 kg per year).

      · In 1800, the average person consumed approximately 22.4 grams of sugar each day (10.2 kg per year).

      · In 1900, the average person consumed approximately 112 grams of sugar each day (40.8 kg per year).

      · In 2009, 50 per cent of Americans consumed approximately 227 grams of sugar each day – equating to 81.6 kg per year.

  2. gerard oosterman May 3, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

    Aggressiveness is quite often a reaction to sugar. It is a known fact that children on high sugar intake become cranky and aggressive.
    The large corporations have now found an even more devious way to get kids hooked on sugar while still babies. Super markets are now selling lots of high sugar content baby foods in tubes that can easily be uncapped and squirted into the crying/cranky child to momentarily quieten it down till the next session of screaming.
    Those tubes have images of fruit and vegies printed on them to lure the ignorant mother to part with her money. In fact she is buying mainly sugar and poisoning her baby.

    • auntyuta May 3, 2018 at 5:33 pm #

      Thanks, Gerard, for pointing this out. Yes, these corporations have a lot to answer for.

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