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World Health Organisation calls for halving of sugar intake

The World Health Organisation has advised halving the amount of sugar people consume daily to six teaspoons, a day after the chief medical officer for England said a sugar tax may be needed to tackle obesity rates.

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Health experts warn sugar intake should be halved

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that people should cut their sugar intake in half.

The WHO has warned that sugar consumption levels should be halved Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The WHO currently recommends a daily intake of 50g for adults - equivalent to about six level teaspoons - but is drafting recommendations that this should be halved.

The proposals follow warnings from England's chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, that a "sugar tax" may be needed to reduce sugar levels in food and drink.

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