Source: New Zealand Dental Association, 9 December
The New Zealand Dental Association is launching a new consensus
statement on Sugary Drinks endorsed by key health organisations.
The actions seek to reduce harm caused by sugary drinks
The statement, launched today at Wellington's Brooklyn Primary
School, highlights seven areas for action.
New Zealand Dental Association spokesperson Dr Rob Beaglehole
said, "This is about informing the public about the negative health
impacts of sugary drinks, and to advocate for a comprehensive
approach to reduce sugary drink consumption."
The seven actions are;
• Introducing an icon on drinks indicating, in teaspoons, the
amount of sugar in each drink
• Independent monitoring and evaluation of food marketing, with
an emphasis on marketing that influences children
• Urging the government to adopt WHO limit guidelines on
• Encouraging public to switch to water by;
- introducing warning labels highlighting sugary drinks as risk
factors for obesity, diabetes, and toothdecay
- nationwide social marketing campaigns such as 'Switch to
- Working with schools and the Ministry of Education to
introduce 'water only' policies
- Introducing local council 'water only' policies at council
facilities and events
- Introduction of a 'sugary drinks' tax in line with WHO
"Current sugar labels rely on confusing calculations such as
sugar per 100ml or per 'serve', rather than the total amount in the
People are more familiar with teaspoon measurements. An icon
label for number of teaspoons is needed for sugary drinks," says Dr
The proposal would see a full-strength 600ml bottle of fizzy
drink state 'contains 16 teaspoons of sugar'.
The Consensus Statement can be found at healthysmiles.org.nz