Leading experts back Jamie’s sugar campaign
Two of the country’s leading researchers into Type 2 diabetes have come out in support of Jamie Oliver’s latest health campaign, saying “it’s time to tackle the sugar generation”.
Professors Melanie Davies and Kamlesh Khunti, from both the University of Leicester and the Leicester Diabetes Centre, have added their backing to the celebrity chef’s crusade to introduce a levy on sugary food and drinks.
The Prime Minister has reportedly rejected the move despite a major report saying it could help tackle the UK’s obesity crisis, but the professors believe there is a “golden opportunity” to reverse the habits of a generation.
Professor Davies, who is a Professor of diabetes medicine at the University of Leicester’s Diabetes Research Centre, said: “Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition linked to lifestyle, which if not managed properly, can lead to devastating complications, including blindness, amputations, stroke and heart disease. More and more people are developing type 2 diabetes at a much younger age with cases even seen in children and young people.
“We are supporting Jamie because we see first-hand the consequences of excessive sugar consumptions and believe it’s about time government made a stand to protect public health. We have a golden opportunity here – it’s time to tackle the sugar generation.”
The two professors were named in a list of the top ten diabetes experts in the world in June.
They work at the university’s Diabetes Research Centre, which is based at the Leicester Diabetes Centre, an international centre of excellence in diabetes research, education and innovation led by the professors.
Hosted at Leicester General Hospital, the centre is a partnership between the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the University of Leicester.