We are increasingly aware that we are living in an age where sugar consumption is spiralling out of control -outlets selling a wide variety of fizzy drinks, fashionable cupcakes and coffee shops selling cakes to eat at all times of day are al to prominent on the high street. Notwithstanding, the numerous foods on the shelves that contain hidden sugar.
As a child cakes were considered a treat and kept for birthdays and weekends and fizzy drinks or ‘pop’ as it was known was not bought by every household. I remember the ‘pop’ man delivered the pop on a Friday, but I was told by my parents that it was unhealthy and a waste of money! In those days if parents said that, it was accepted and adhered to even if offered out of the home. The only fizzy drink I ever drank at home was ‘Andrews Liver salts’ tempted after watching my father flick off the lid with the handle of the teaspoon and mixing the white powder in a glass of water.
I remember being fascinated as the water fizzed and bubbled to the top of the glass and it wasn’t long before I sneaked into the cupboard where it was kept alongside the condiments to try it for myself when my parents were not around – I was thrilled to have experienced drinking a fizzy drink. For those who don’t know this medicine it was often taken as an antacid and mild laxative and my father took it regularly.
My first fizzy drink outside the home was ‘ Perrier water’ when I went on a french exchange visit at the age of 13 yrs and believe or not I was too shy to say no and drank it feeling very guilty. I certainly didn’t tell my parents!
It is not surprising that alarm bells are ringing and people are speaking out about the association of sugar consumption with obesity and mental health. It was in 2009 childhood obesity expert Prof Robert H. Lustig at the University of California, stated just this and following this the youtube lecture went viral. Similarly, Paul Van der Velpen, head of Amsterdam’s health service, said that sugar is ‘the most dangerous drug of our time’ and that it is the main cause of the obesity epidemic. He believes this is because sugar is addictive and is ‘as hard to give up as smoking’. He supported research which suggested that when people are eating fats and proteins they stop when they are full, but that when they are eating sugars they will keep eating until their stomachs hurt.
As a grandmother I do feel concerned about what I see young children eat and drink. I am staggered by children around me who are apathic and sluggish and so reluctant to exercise in an enthusiastic manner.
Could there be an obvious answer in front of our eyes?
When my daughter cajoled me to watch a film, recently released by Soda pictures a UK distributor
THAT SUGAR FILM
I have to say it seemed to answer many of these questions.
Moreover, when a very obese gentleman, who worked as a health care professional came in on Monday morning following my viewing this film and proceeded to tell me how he was putting on weight, feeling lethargic, apathetic and couldn’t stop snacking all day and needed medication to stop him. Infact, he had actually installed a fridge in his office to store his snacks, including his healthy cereal bars, yogurts and fruit juices! Could I help, preferably could I prescribe something?
‘Yes’ I retorted, watch this film, it’s all there! ‘No’ you don’t need medication!
THAT SUGAR FILM is one man’s journey into the effect of eating the sugar that is hidden in food marketed as healthy. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy’. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves.
THAT SUGAR FILM will forever change the way you think about ‘healthy’ food. It is easy family viewing, good catchy music, great graphics and even stars Stephen Fry! The message is loud and clear and has had a significant impact on what I eat and I will not be the doting grandmother who tempts my grandson with hidden or overt sugar and remain slim and enjoy the numerous active sports and games that I enjoyed as a child.
NB DO NOT WATCH THIS FILM MUNCHING SWEET POPCORN WHICH CONTAINS 30 tsp OF SUGAR