ASMS Media Release
"It's disappointing - but predictable - that one of this
country's foremost dental experts has been attacked for speaking
out about a major health problem facing New Zealanders, the
over-consumption of sugar," says Ian Powell, Executive Director of
the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).
Dr Rob Beaglehole highlighted the impact of sugary drinks in
particular on toddlers and children in
TVNZ's Sunday current affairs programme last night,
including the removal of rotting teeth from babies still in nappies
and the high consumption of sugar among teenagers and others:http://tvnz.co.nz/sunday-news/bittersweet-video-6250138
Mr Powell says it was concerning to see such an important issue
trivialised by an unwarranted attack of Dr Beaglehole and TVNZ by
Cameron Slater on his Whale Oil website this morning.
"Rather than engaging with the evidence and the real-life
experience of Dr Beaglehole and others who are dealing with the
consequences of high-sugar diets in their daily work, the
mouthpieces for the sugary drinks industry just try to vilify them.
These are people who are speaking out because of their expertise
and training in these areas, and they should be able to do so
without fear of intimidation.
"New Zealand is fortunate to have public health professionals
like Dr Beaglehole who are prepared to call it as they see it,
despite repeated and ongoing attempts to silence them. This is
about clinicians having the right to stand up for their patients,
many of whom are children."