If you are a regular viewer of Lateline (or manage to catch up with it online) you might have seen the fascinating story about ‘The Australian Paradox’ in early April 2016.
The Australian Paradox: the consumption of free sugars in our country has reduced while the incidence of obesity has tripled
The paradox in the title describes the much-cited research paper that demonstrated an inverse relationship of sugar consumption versus the incidence of obesity and diabetes in Australia. That is to say, while our nation got fatter and sicker, our overall consumption of sugar over the same period of time has actually reduced.
Which must mean that sugar doesn’t make us fat and sick. QED.
You’ll see in the video below that this research is likely to be flawed, and the truth is what one would expect: there is no paradox, because our consumption of sugars HAS increased over this time.
It’s a bit of a worry that this paper seems to have influenced our Nation’s fairly relaxed attitude towards sugar.
It’s a longish video (18 minutes), but well worth a watch.
(PS: Did you notice that this video was a post on That Sugar Film’s Facebook page, and that I used Facebook’s improved Embed Feature to embed it into this blog post? I’ll explain how to do that in a future article)