Forum: The ‘cost’ of sugar

16 March 2017

Sugar forum panel discussion

The ‘cost’ of sugar forum in March sold out very quickly and was a huge hit with the audience. Thanks to Radio New Zealand you now have chance to listen to the lively debate in full.

The forum will be broadcast:

  • 9.06am on Friday 14 April (Good Friday), 2017.
  • RNZ National (FM 101)

You can also access the recording online:
The ‘cost’ of sugar, Radio New Zealand website (51mins, 30sec)

Healthier Lives Professor’s Jim Mann and Tony Blakely, and Professor Jacqueline Rowarth (Envrionmental Protection Authority), expertly chaired by renowned broadcaster Kim Hill, brought a real sense of energy and humour to this complex and controversial topic.

The result was a lively exposé of what we really know, and still don’t know, about the cost of sugar in our society.

Healthier Lives and A Better Start National Science Challenges, along with Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research, originally presented this free public forum at Auckland City Hospital on Thursday 16 March, 2017.

Related news and comment

Niki Bezzant, a NZ Herald reporter, attended the forum. You can read her report, which includes further expert comment from Professor Jim Mann, in the NZ Herald’s website:
The truth about sugar: How much sugar should Kiwis have? (NZ Herald website, 23 April)

More about the sugar forum and the presenters:
The ‘cost’ of sugar  (Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research website)

More about sugar:
Sugar, sugar, everywhere?

Forum photos

Jim Mann explains sugar guidelines
Jim Mann explains the cost of sugar to our health, and the World Health Organization guidelines for sugar intake.
The economics of sugar is discussed
The ‘cost’ of sugar panel discuss the economics of reducing sugar in New Zealand.
The rationale for sugar tax is outlined
Tony Blakely outlines the evidence that a tax on sugary drinks not only reduces consumption, but can influence product formulation.
Th panel members
The ‘cost’ of sugar panel from left: Tony Blakely, Jacqueline Rowarth, Jim Mann and Kim Hill.
The 'cost' of sugar forum audience, at the Clinical Education Centre, Auckland City Hospital, 16 March, 2017.
The ‘cost’ of sugar forum audience, at the Clinical Education Centre, Auckland City Hospital, 16 March, 2017.

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