He said: “The latest figures suggest that 30% of children are either overweight or obese and it is also estimated that obesity and its related conditions account for over £15 billion of NHS money each year. It stands to reason that if we can get a handle on obesity then we can improve people’s health and the quality of their lives.
“It is for this reason that I would support the calls for the food industry to cut the sugar that is added to food. I was surprised to learn that whilst we expect a Mars Bar to have eight teaspoons of sugar you may think that you are going for a much healthier alternative of low fat yogurt but this contain 5 teaspoons of sugar.
“It is clear that people must be made more aware of what is being put in their body. As a diabetic, I was shocked when the doctor listed food that I thought to be healthy as food I needed to watch and others need to be aware of as well and thus I would support this campaign to have the food industry ensure that people are aware of what they are eating.”