Singapore's war on sugar: Informed public is best weapon against diabetes

The Health Promotion Board's Healthier Choice symbol highlights healthier food options, including those with lower levels of sugar, but there is a need for a concerted nationwide campaign to show the excessive amount of empty calories consumed daily
The Health Promotion Board's Healthier Choice symbol highlights healthier food options, including those with lower levels of sugar, but there is a need for a concerted nationwide campaign to show the excessive amount of empty calories consumed daily from sugar-sweetened beverages.ST FILE PHOTO

Personal choice is all very well, but that choice needs to be based on a real understanding of what's in that bubble tea

Malnutrition is a problem often perceived to be linked to food shortages, but many people do not realise that it can also be caused by excessive consumption of empty calories, such as from sugar.

While close to one billion people across Asia face the threat of food shortage, twice as many are overweight or obese.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 20, 2019, with the headline 'Informed public is best weapon against diabetes'. Print Edition | Subscribe