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Trends in added sugar supply and consumption in Australia: there is an Australian Paradox

Alan W Barclay1 and Jennie C Brand-Miller2*

Author Affiliations

1 Australian Diabetes Council, 26 Arundel Street, Glebe 2037, NSW, Australia

2 School of Molecular Bioscience, Biochemistry Building, G08, The University of Sydney, Sydney 2006, NSW, Australia

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BMC Public Health 2013, 13:898  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-898

Published: 30 September 2013


In 2011, Barclay and Brand-Miller reported the observation that trends in refined sugar consumption in Australia were the inverse of trends in overweight and obesity (The Australian Paradox). Rikkers et al. claim that the Australian Paradox is based on incomplete data because the sources utilised did not incorporate estimates for imported processed foods. This assertion is incorrect. Indeed, national nutrition surveys, sugar consumption data from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Australian beverage industry data all incorporated data on imported products.

Public health; Sugar; Obesity; Food supply