At the annual conference of the German Obesity Society (DAG), doctors, health, sports and nutrition experts are looking for solutions to reduce high sugar consumption and the associated diseases among the population. The 35th Annual Conference of the DAG will be held in Kiel from 19 to 21 September under the motto "Sugar for Fish". The conference will be chaired by Professor Anja Bosy-Westphal and Professor Manfred J. Müller of the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel (CAU).
Sugar consumption among the population is too high. A high consumption of sugar, especially sugar-rich drinks, leads to a high calorie intake and promotes the development of overweight and obesity, type 2 diabetes, fat metabolism disorders and tooth decay. There have also been calls for political measures to reduce sugar consumption in our population. "The DAG conference is also an urgent call to act and to tackle the current problem of high sugar consumption in our population in a solution-oriented way. While there is consensus on the health risks of high sugar consumption, the importance of appropriate countermeasures is still controversial. In fact, the consumer only has a proportionate responsibility for his diet and thus also for high sugar consumption. Behavioural prevention measures aimed at the behaviour of individual consumers are therefore inadequate," stresses Professor Anja Bosy-Westphal of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the CAU.
The DAG, together with other professional associations and the German Alliance for Non-Communicable Diseases (DANK), is calling for measures to prevent this situation, such as higher taxation of energy- and sugar-rich foods while at the same time reducing the tax burden on so-called "healthy" foods such as fruit and vegetables. Further measures necessary in the future concern changes in the recipe and labelling of foodstuffs and compliance with quality standards for communal catering.
Over 500 participants from Germany and abroad are expected to attend the symposium. International and national experts such as Professor Kimber Stanhope from San Francisco, Professor Arne Astrup from Copenhagen and Professor Dirk Schaal from Leipzig will participate in the conference with lectures. In addition, physicians, health, sports and nutrition experts can attend the conference for further training and incorporate the latest findings and solutions into their work. The Schleswig-Holstein Medical Association certified the event with a total of 15 points.