World Health Organization Slashes Sugar Guidelines To Curb Obesity
The World Health Organization has proposed new guidelines which advocate drastic cuts in sugar consumption. In a reversal from it’s previous standing, the organization which specializes in international public health; is cutting it’s daily recommendation for individual sugar consumption from 10% of daily caloric intake to 5%.
A report released by Medscape explains that “ For an adult consuming 2000 calories daily, the 5% guideline would mean consuming no more than roughly 2 tablespoons (25 g) of sugar daily — less than the amount of sugar contained in a single soft drink.”
Dr. Branca of the WHO noted in a press conference that
“Obesity now affects half a billion people in the world, and it is on the rise in all age groups and particularly in low- and middle-income countries."
Additionally, WHO guidelines state that “poor diet is a modifiable risk factor for noncommunicable diseases, which account for 63% of deaths worldwide”.
A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture Report stats that “sugar consumption has increased since 1980, coinciding with increasing rates of obesity, rising to 21% of total calories consumed by men and 23% of calories consumed by women in 2009–2010” which is double the WHO’s previous sugar recommendation and four-times the newest sugar guideline.