PNA urges PM to take steps to reduce consumption of sugary drinks

Staff Reporter

 

ISLAMABAD: Sanaullah Ghman, General Secretary, Pakistan National Heart Association (PNA) strongly condemned the increase in the number of diseases caused by the use of sugary drinks and the rising trend of various deadly diseases in the city. 68% of deaths are due to obesity. Appeal to PM Imran Khan to take effective measures to reduce consumption of sugary drinks.

According to modern research, the causes of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and lung diseases are linked to obesity. Obesity accounts for 68% of all deaths compared to other diseases, one of the main reasons being the growing trend of sugary drinks in every home and party in Pakistan, according to Cheryl Anderson, author of Family and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego. Consumption of more than one or more sugary drinks increases the risk of heart disease by 42%.

Similarly, according to a 2018 study, the production of sugar drinks in Pakistan stood at 2.063 billion liters, which is gradually increasing.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), high consumption of sugar-related products leads to obesity, diabetes and dental diseases, which is due to the high consumption of sugar, which is also a source of sugary drinks. Sanaullah Ghman, General Secretary, Heart Association (Asylum) said that Pakistan is a developing country where Rs. 2 billion is spent annually on sugary drinks alone.

There is a lack of effective strategy to reduce the use of sugar drinks, appeals to the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan to take effective measures to curb the growing use of sugar drinks, impose additional taxes, so that sugar drinks Public access to can be reduced.