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The social and economic impact of sugar 

This unit investigates the industries adding sugar to our food and drink. Developed for younger students and primarily aligned with the HASS curriculum, this unit helps to build a knowledge enabling teachers to introduce the economics around processed food and drinks.

The World Health Organisation says that for good health, we should limit our daily added sugar intake to 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day. On average, Australians consume 14-16 teaspoons per day. Teenagers consume more than 20. Eating too much added sugar is a key driver of serious health problems including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, tooth decay, dementia and mental health conditions. A poor diet also puts children behind their peers, affecting brain development, sleep and ability to learn.

This HASS unit teaches students about the social and economic factors surrounding sugar. It looks at how sugar gets into food and drink, and the businesses and industries that sell, support, and supply added sugars.

These lessons were developed in partnership with SugarByHalf.