Call on the Surgeon General to Curb Sugar Consumption
As 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General's landmark report on smoking and health, now is the time to urge the Surgeon General to advise the public on the science behind another health threat facing our society—the overload of sugar in our diet.
From diabetes to heart disease, we are seeing an unprecedented increase in diet-related chronic illnesses throughout the country—much of it due to eating too much sugar—often unnecessarily added to our food products, as our report, Sugar-Coating Science and the new film, Fed up, uncovers. Yet how can we make smarter decisions about our health when the food industry is spending billions of dollars to obscure the science of sugar's health effects, market sugar-laden foods as healthy, and block policy efforts that are common-sense measures for our health?
It's time to loosen the food industry's grip on policy efforts meant to protect public health from the effects of sugar. We will need trusted, influential voices for science and health to join us in pushing back against deceptive tactics and pushing towards evidence-based food polices that protect our health.
Urge the Surgeon General to use his influence to commission an authoritative report on the health effects of added sugars in our diet to help shape our nation's policies on sugar consumption.
Please make your letter personal by adding in your own thoughts and concerns. Every letter makes a difference, but customized letters have the greatest effect.
Read our reports, Added Sugar, Subtracted Science and Sugar-Coating Science, to learn more.
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Dear Dr. Vivek Murthy,
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]