Rethink Sugary Drink is a partnership between the 13 health
and community organisations listed below.
Why are we concerned about the amount of sugar in soft drinks and sugary
Because the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages (e.g soft drink, sports
drinks) is associated with increased energy intake and in turn, weight gain and
obesity. It is well established that obesity is a leading risk factor for type
2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers.
And Australians are big consumers of sugary drinks. In 2006, Australia was
among the top 10 countries for per capita consumption of soft drinks.
By highlighting the amount of sugar in sweetened beverages such as soft
drink, energy drinks and sports drinks, we're hoping to encourage Australians
to rethink their sugary drink consumption and switch to water, reduced-fat milk
or unsweetened options.
Eight of the partner organisations have signed a consensus statement with a series of recommendations around
tackling the overconsumption of sugary drinks.