Why the sugar and obesity link doesn’t add up

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Australia is officially obese with the latest ABS data revealing 11.2 million adults (63.4%) are overweight or obese.1
News headlines regularly point the finger of blame at sugar. But is this ingredient solely to blame? The short answer is no – and here’s why.

1. How much sugar are we eating?
According to the latest ABS data, half the Australian population (52%) exceed the WHO’s recommended intake of free sugars with the average daily consumption of free sugars reaching 60 g (equivalent to 14 level teaspoons of white sugar).1

"The highest consumption of free sugars was among males aged 14–18 years, who averaged 22 teaspoons per day, while the top 10% of male teenagers have at least 38 teaspoons

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