The Effects of Excessive Sugar Consumption on Your Body

Maintaining a balanced and nutritious diet is a cornerstone of good health, guarding against a range of chronic conditions, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

While overall dietary patterns are crucial, specific elements of your diet, such as foods and drinks high in added sugar, can be detrimental to your health and amplify disease risk when consumed excessively.

Excessive consumption of added sugar can have adverse effects on blood sugar control, cardiovascular health, body weight, and more.

Foods and Drinks Marketed to Kids High in Sugar and Low in Nutrition, Study Finds

Child Taking Sweets

A recent study published in the journal PLOS One reveals that foods and drinks packaged with colorful labels and appealing cartoons targeted at children are often higher in sugar and lower in other essential nutrients. The research analyzed nearly 6,000 packaged food items to examine their marketing strategies aimed at children and their nutritional content.

Eastern Regional Education Directorate, Ghana Takes Bold Step to Ban Sugary Beverages in Schools, Prioritizing Students’ Health

The decision to ban sugar-sweetened beverages recognizes the harmful effects of excessive sugar consumption on children’s health. These beverages are often loaded with added sugars, which contribute to weight gain, dental problems, and the risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. By eliminating these drinks from school premises, the Eastern Regional Education Directorate is taking a proactive step in reducing students’ exposure to these health risks.