The UK’s sugar addiction is killing millions of people, and the Government’s new strategy for tackling it is creating a “ticking time bomb” that threatens to poison the country’s economy.
The UK’s food and drink industry, which produces more than one billion servings a year, is already struggling to compete with rising sugar prices.
A recent survey found the industry’s profits have fallen by 40% in the past year, and a new report published on Tuesday found a “significant increase” in sugar consumption.
The government’s strategy to combat the problem is set to be unveiled on Monday.
The Government said it would create a taskforce to tackle the sugar crisis, but there is also growing opposition to the plan from business groups and other public bodies.
Its new strategy, set to come into force on April 1, will involve tackling the sugar industry’s own industry-wide marketing strategy to reduce sugar consumption by 25% by 2025.
It will also target food and drinks companies to cut sugar consumption to below 5% of their sales by 2025, and cut back on sugar-sweetened drinks.
The strategy has been criticised by campaigners and food industry figures who have said it could exacerbate the countrys sugar crisis by promoting unhealthy and unhealthy eating habits.
“This strategy is a long-term, cost-effective strategy to help us tackle this crisis by ensuring we have a long, long supply of healthy food,” said Michael Hogan, chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health.
“It is a bold and bold initiative that will help to ensure that the health of our children and grandchildren is protected.”
However, the report found that the Government has failed to put in place any plans to curb the amount of sugar being consumed in UK households.
The report said the government has not set out any plans for how the sugar consumption would be cut and how the UK would be able to meet its target of halving its sugar consumption from 2005 levels by 2025 and halving the sugar intake by 2050.
Its report also said the Government could have tackled the sugar problem more effectively by creating a national food plan, rather than trying to tackle a global problem by focusing on the UKs domestic problems.
“This Government needs to make sure that its strategy and action plan for tackling the obesity epidemic is not just a global strategy to tackle obesity but is a national plan that focuses on tackling our food and beverage industry and food-related industry issues and is part of a wider strategy to address the health issues associated with obesity and diabetes in the UK,” said Professor John A. Wilson, who is leading the Governments new strategy.
Prof Wilson said the strategy would “help to protect our children from the obesity pandemic and diabetes epidemic that are both on the rise in the US and globally”.
The UK is one of the countries that has been hardest hit by the obesity crisis.
Last year, the country recorded a record number of deaths due to the disease, which is known as Type 2 diabetes.
The World Health Organisation estimates more than a million children die every day as a result of the disease.
The new report said there was no evidence to suggest that sugar consumption was linked to increased diabetes rates, although experts say it is possible to reduce levels by adding sugar to a diet.
The government has already pledged to cut its sugar intake to 0.5% of its sales by 2020, and to reduce the sugar content of all food by 20% by 2020.
But the report said that would only be possible if sugar consumption fell below 5%, and it suggested the government should “be looking at other measures to reduce its sugar supply and increase the amount and variety of healthy foods that people can eat”.
“We can make real progress towards the reduction of sugar consumption in the food supply, and we can make it better for people and better for society, but the Government needs the Government to start working towards real change,” said Dr John G. McDonough, chief nutritionist at the NHS Foundation Trust.
The Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) said it was worried that the government would not take steps to tackle sugar consumption until after it had already failed to meet the target of reducing sugar consumption below 5%.
“It’s very important that the policy that is being developed to address sugar consumption is in place in time to take advantage of the economic growth in the coming years,” said Prof Wilson.
The RSPH also said there is evidence to show that there is a link between sugar consumption and Type 2 disease.
Sugar consumption in general is associated with Type 2 diabetics, and it is linked to the development of Type 2 diseases, including obesity, diabetes and heart disease, according to the report.
“The fact is that there’s a link,” said professor Wilson.
“People who are consuming a lot of sugar are more likely to develop Type 2.”
The RspH’s report comes after it released a report last month that warned that sugar