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Documentary: Childhood obesity and sugar dependency


April 1, Wolf Performance Hall, 7 pm

What is the healthy daily sugar intake?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the maximum amount of added sugars one can eat in a day are 10%  of one’s daily caloric intake, which would be for men: 150 calories per day, 37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons and  for women: 100 calories per day, 25 grams or 6 teaspoons.The recommendations for children are of course much lower.

Dr. Francesco Branco, head of nutrition for health and development for WHO suggests-despite of that- that our goal should be five percent, half of the amount. These recommendations are for perfectly healthy people.

If you think you can manage that, remember that there is sugar in condiments and sauces, soft drinks and all the processed food.

Sugar and high-fructose corn syrup (called glucose-fructose in Canada) are added to nearly everything we consume including pasta sauce, bread, salad dressing, peanut butter and yogurt to mention just some most popular foods.

A tablespoon of ketchup has up to seven grams of sugar, sweetened yogurt up to six grams and a can of a soft drink contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar . 

According to Statistics Canada average consumption of added sugars in Canada is 13 teaspoons. Total sugar intake is at least twice as big.

According to statistical data nearly 12 % of Canadian children aged five to seventeenare obese and nearly one-fifth of American children aged two to nineteen.

Maybe sugar is not the only reason for childhood obesity, but it is a very important contributor.

The producers of this documentary decided to shed more light on the topic and did it in a very captivated way. For two years they followed children who struggle with obesity. Their emotional stories are combined with the experts’ interviews, industry information and some insides of food politics.

Join us for this thought provoking documentary on childhood obesity and sugar dependency in America, at 7 pm in the Wolf Performance Hall on Wednesday, April 1.

For more information about this screening please contact the library at 519-661-4600.

You might be interested in the following books from our collection:

Fed up!Cutting Myself in Half : 150 Pounds Lost, One Byte at a Time<
Always the Fat Kid : The Truth about the Enduring Effects of Childhood Obesity
Obesity in Childhood and Adolescence12,000 Canaries Can't Be Wrong