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Body Science – The what, where and why of sugar

This set of four HPE lessons focuses on teaching students the basic science of sugar and its potential health impacts. The lessons consider what sugar is, where it comes from, and what it does to the body if you have too much. Through learning students are encouraged to make smart, healthy decisions about what they consume. 

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.

The lessons in this unit tackle the basic questions about what sugar is and how it affects the body. Aligned with the HPE curriculum, they approach these questions from a health perspective, looking to empower and encourage students to make healthy decisions for their future. 

These lessons were developed in partnership with SugarByHalf.