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Sugar Smart Cornwall

Date: 1 Mar 2018

Sugar, tell us what you think about it!

We all know that too much sugar is bad for us, but with busy lives and an abundance of sugary foods for sale in shops, cafés and restaurants, it is sometimes difficult to avoid. SUGAR SMART Cornwall believes that it should be easier to choose healthy food options when you are out and about, and that’s why we will work with different settings across the county to make sure that healthier, low sugar options are available and desirable.

How much sugar is too much?

No more than 5% of our total energy intake should come from sugar. This means different amounts of sugar for different age groups:

And why does sugar matter in Cornwall?

  • In Cornwall a quarter of all reception age children are classified as overweight or obese. This is worse than the national average for England.
  • In Cornwall 68.4% of all adults are classified as overweight or obese, which is worse than the national average for England.
  • From 2015-2016, 598 children aged 0-16 years had teeth removed under general anaesthetic. Sugar plays a key role in tooth decay as it fuels the acid formation by oral bacteria.

What will SUGAR SMART Cornwall do?

SUGAR SMART Cornwall will work with different sectors across the county, to make sure that we take action on sugar in settings that you think are the most important.

But in order to do this we need your views! Take our short survey today to tell us what you think about sugar in Cornwall, and what we should do about it.

Take the survey today at www.cornwall.gov.uk/sugarsmart and tell us what you think about sugar!

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