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14 January 2015 - Medical News Today - New sugar drinks policy launched by experts at the British Dietetic Association

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) has produced a new policy on sugary drinks entitled Interventions Which Reduce the Consumption of Energy from Sugary Drinks in Children.

The new policy clearly identifies that we are consuming too much added sugar in the nation's diet, especially in those aged between four and 18 years of age, and calls for:

  • A range of public policies to reduce the frequency and amount of sugary drinks consumed by children and adolescents.
  • The principle of a tax on sugary drinks as part of a range of measures that will be essential to reduce obesity and improve diet.
  • School based education programmes as an example of interventions which may offer health professionals the best opportunities for implementing cost effective and sustainable interventions which are effective in children and adolescents.