Sugary drinks are the ‘alcohol of childhood’ and should carry warning labels

Sugary drinks are the ‘alcohol of childhood’ and should carry warning labels – Noone
Fine Gael Dublin Senator Catherine Noone, has called for all sugary drinks sold in Ireland to carry compulsory warning labels.
“According to several international health experts, sugar has become as dangerous to health as alcohol or tobacco – especially that of young people.
“Research in the US has revealed 40 % of children born between 2000 and 2011 would develop Type 2 Diabetes in their lifetime. With one in four Irish children now classified as overweight or obese, Ireland could be on course for similar statistics. In fact, the Institute of Public Health has already stated the number of adults aged 45 plus with diabetes is expected to rise to by over 9% by 2020. This represents a 30% increase in ten years. Meanwhile, The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts diabetes will become the 7th leading cause of death in the world by the year 2030.
“Another recent WHO report found that Ireland is on course to be the fattest country in Europe by 2030 – with 89% of Irish males and 85% of Irish females are projected to be overweight by that date.
“The obesity crisis in Ireland is now affecting children as young as three and four years of age according to The ‘Growing Up In Ireland’ study. Moreover, Ireland’s only dedicated childhood obesity treatment programme at Temple Street Children’s Hospital, experienced a 400% increase in just one year in referrals of children under five years of age.
“There are approximately 9 teaspoons of sugar in cola and many other fizzy drinks. Studies have shown same parts of the brain that light up with alcohol light up with sugary drinks. Parents would not let their kids smoke a cigarette or drink a glass of wine, so it’s imperative we as a society adopt the same attitude to daily consumption of sugar sweetened drinks.
“We must consider making health warning labels compulsory on all sugary drinks sold here in Ireland.”


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