Aboriginal communities urged to rethink sugary drink

rethink sugary drink: young woman pours sugar out of can

A new video has been launched to address the serious issue of sugary drink consumption within Victorian Aboriginal communities.

Rethink Sugary Drink and the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Inc (VACCHO) have partnered to highlight the significant health problems associated with sugary drink consumption and to encourage Victorian Aboriginal community members to reduce their intake of sugary drinks.

Louise Lyons, VACCHO’s Acting CEO and a proud Jaadwa woman from the western district, shares Victorian Aboriginal communities’ concerns regarding the consumption of these drinks on a regular basis

“Around two thirds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults are overweight or obese, with many Aboriginal people having to manage serious health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer,” she says.

“Others, including children, are also being treated for serious dental problems.

“This video delivers a relevant and culturally appropriate message to our communities – sugary drinks are not good for our health and wellbeing and to go for water instead.”

The  online video stresses how much sugar is loaded into sugar sweetened beverages and the health risks associated with regular consumption.

Craig Sinclair, Chair of the Public Health Committee at Cancer Council Australia says it’s important to recognise the long-term health impacts of sugary drinks and start to make healthier choices.

“One regular 600ml bottle of soft drink contains around 16 teaspoons of sugar, so if you wouldn’t eat 16 teaspoons of sugar, why would you drink it?” he says.

“We ask this thought-provoking question in the video and give an eye-opening insight into how your family could look in the future – from your sister’s rotting teeth to your father’s obesity and your mother’s type 2 diabetes.”


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