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The Paradox of Oz: Sugars down, obesity up

A casual glance at either the print or social media would lead one to conclude with absolute certainty that the world is eating more and more sugar and consequently is getting fatter and fatter. No one could dispute the latter with very clear objective data to show that global obesity rates are experiencing a relentless rise. The former part of this apparent ‘fact’ is very much out of kilter with the objective data. In a review of the changes in the percentage calories from sugar over recent times based on national dietary surveys, it is clear that there is no relentless rise in sugar intake globally and, if anything, there are clear signs of a drop in sugar intake over recent times. The following data has been extracted from a major review of global patterns of sugar intake based on national diet surveys[1]:
Country Survey 1 Survey 2 Sugar calories (%) in survey 1 Sugar calories (%) in survey 2 Sugars defined as: Australia 1983 2011/12 17.0 18.6 All Austria 1998 2012 9.0