Australia's sugar tale

Public Health Nutr. 2019 Oct;22(14):2682-2687. doi: 10.1017/S1368980019001228. Epub 2019 May 23.


Objective: To establish high intake of free sugars and its related disease burden as a significant public health challenge in Australia.

Design: We discuss five key actions to reduce intake of free sugars tailored to the Australian context. These strategies are informed by reviewing the global scientific evidence on the effectiveness of a range of policy responses to reduce intake of free sugars at the population level.

Setting: Australia.

Participants: Australian population.

Results: The five key actions to reduce population levels for intake of free sugars tailored to the Australian context include prioritising health in trade agreements and policy; introducing a fiscal policy supporting health and promoting food reformulation; regulating advertising and improving labelling; strengthening the current dietary guidelines; and encouraging healthy choices.

Conclusions: The adoption and implementation of the strategies discussed in the current commentary would aid in tackling the rising health burden from the intake of free sugars in Australia.

Keywords: Australia; Free sugars; Policy; Strategies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Diet*
  • Energy Intake
  • Food Labeling
  • Humans
  • Nutrition Policy*
  • Public Health
  • Sugars / administration & dosage*


  • Sugars