Graphic health warnings for sugary drinks work

  • 26/05/2018
Teeth seriously damaged from sugary drinks.
Teeth seriously damaged from sugary drinks. Photo credit: Getty

A new study has found that graphic photos on sugary drinks could be effective in deterring people from drinking them.

Much like the graphic photos found on cigarette packages, sugary drinks could follow with images of badly damaged teeth.

According to the Australian study, it would be beneficial for all high-sugar products to consider health warnings.

Anna Peeters from Deakin University, who conducted the study, told The Independent it could really impact the obesity crisis.

"While no single measure will reverse the obesity crisis, given that the largest source of added sugars in our diet comes from sugar-sweetened drinks, there is a compelling case for the introduction of front-of-pack labels on sugary drinks worldwide."

The study looked a 1,000 Australians aged between 18-35 and divided them into five groups who were given sugary drinks which either were unlabelled, had a graphic image warning, a text warning, information about how much sugar or a health rating.

It was conclusive that 36 percent of participants were less likely to buy sugary drinks with the graphic warning labels on them, compared to those without a warning.

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark tweeted her support of the idea, and the World Health Organisation's suggestion of 20 percent tax on sugary drinks to combat obesity.