Exeter SUGAR SMART survey results show appetite for change
The SUGAR SMART Exeter Survey has revealed that residents are concerned about their sugar intake, and the effect it has on their health. Almost 700 people had their say, which shows a public desire to see changes in the how unhealthy food is provisioned in the city.
Respondents expressed worry about the health risks from excessive sugar consumption, with concerns including the effect of sugar on dental health, behaviour and mood, the risk of type 2 diabetes and, most commonly, the impact of sugar on weight. For parents, their children’s sugar consumption was also a significant worry.
The survey also asked residents about the most important actions that could be taken to help them become ‘SUGAR SMART’ and make healthier choices easier. Top of the wish list was healthier food and drinks to be sold in public places including leisure centres and hospitals, followed by food companies and restaurants reducing the amount of sugar in food and drink.
The findings will help shape future plans for SUGAR SMART Exeter, which is already working with Exeter City Football Club, Fit Food Devon and Exeter Orthodontic Practice, to name a few. Cllr Roger Croad, Cabinet Member with responsibility for public health, said: “The results of this survey show very clearly that people are concerned about the amount of sugar they and their families consume. SUGAR SMART is about supporting food and drink retail outlets to achieve this."
Read more about Exeter's SUGAR SMART campaign and check out their survey results.