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Goldsmiths sign up to Sugar Smart

Lewisham ‘people power’ is being harnessed to start a social movement to reduce the amount of sugar residents eat – the latest phase of the Lewisham Sugar Smart campaign.

At the campaign launch held on 21 November 2017 at Goldsmiths, University of London, I was with Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, calling on residents to lobby local organisations and businesses to join the campaign.

Goldsmiths, University of London and their Students’ Union becomes Sugar Smart

Goldsmiths, University of London and their catering provider, Chartwells together with Goldsmiths Students' Union have all pledged their support including:

• making free tap water available

• clearly labelling the low sugar menu options

• displaying how many teaspoons of sugar are contained in popular fizzy drinks

• providing more healthy food and drink options.

Lewisham is still in the grip of an obesity epidemic that stubbornly refuses to subside. The latest statistics show that in reception year, over 22% of our children are overweight or obese. By year 6, this figure has increased to 39%. This obesity epidemic is a normal response of people to an abnormal environment. People haven’t become greedier or lazier: the food available to us has changed. And one of the biggest changes has been the amount of sugar that surrounds us.

Sugar Smart Lewisham is a joint campaign with the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and the food charity Sustain. The campaign asks organisations and businesses to reduce the amount of food and drink containing sugar that they sell or provide to their customers, patients and students.

On average people consume too much sugar and this is increasing levels of obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay. In Lewisham:

• two in five children are obese or overweight by the time they start secondary school

• 60% of adults are overweight or obese.

Lewisham was the first borough to sign up to the national campaign and has successfully recruited over 70 businesses who have pledged to reduce the sugar they provide in food and drink.

Please see more information on Lewisham campaign -