A leading health body believes that sugar alone cannot be blamed for rising rates of obesity and other related health problems across the world.
The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) has commented on an opinion piece submitted by three US scientists from the University of California at San Francisco to the February 2012 issue of the journal Nature.
The association believes that "sugar has been sensationally labelled as 'toxic'" and that weight gain is rather a result of eating more energy – or kilojoules – than is used up in physical activity.
According to the DAA, further research must be conducted on the effect of sugar intake on overall body weight and health.
"A comprehensive, coordinated and evidence-based approach is needed to tackle obesity, and therefore the health-related side effects of overweight and obesity," the DAA announced in a statement yesterday (February 2).
Those looking to reduce the amount of sugar in their diet or adopt a healthier lifestyle overall may benefit from the weight loss and management services offered by some private health insurance policies.
The latest National Health Survey results from the federal department of health and ageing reveal that almost two-thirds of the Australian population are either overweight or obese.