Operation Sugar Storm

Operation Sugar Storm

Who would have thought that little white grains could cause such a ruckus?  There has been a loud roar around Australia this week, with the new marketing campaign for CSR Sugar starring Olympic Medallist and world record holding swimmer, Eamon Sullivan. The advertisement showcases Eamon behind a kitchen bench in his birthday suit, with his private parts cleverly hidden by a mixing bowl.  

Mike Daube, Curtin University Professor of Public Health Policy has slammed the swimmer for his endorsement of sugar and called him ‘crass and irresponsible.’  Based on that response (and others),  I thought he might be promoting illicit drugs and alcohol. But no.  Just big bad sugar.

The obesity crisis in Australia is a big issue, but we can’t heap all the blame on sugar.  Lets not forget the glaringly obvious fact that we eat too much and don’t exercise enough.  Its true that healthy eating should be promoted at every opportunity but as Sullivan has pointed out himself, he is not recommending that we buy a kilo of sugar, melt it down and drink it every day. There is quite a difference between awesome ab’s promoting sugar and our cricketers spruiking KFC don’t you think? Or what about the Ironmen endorsing Nutrigrain cereal, which is a sneaky little sugar mule.

Eamon Sullivan baking in the rawWith all this free publicity CSR Sugar will be cheering with glee.  But really, whilst admiring the creativeness of the campaign some of us may forget what he actually advertising.

2 thoughts on “Operation Sugar Storm

  1. In his book ‘Sweet Poison’, David Gillespie (who is a lawyer, not a nutritionist or scientist of any kind) does blame sugar for the obesity epidemic, as well as the epidemics of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Or rather, he blames a component of sugar, fructose (the other component being glucose). Tens of thousands of copies of this book have been sold over the last couple of years.

    Unfortunately, Sweet Poison is basically a pseudoscientific text–Gillespie grossly exaggerates the case against fructose by misinterpreting (and even misrepresenting) the scientific evidence.

    However, he is a persuasive writer, and I can understand many non-nutritionists falling for his ‘snake oil’. I wrote a critique of Sweet Poison, which went to air on ‘Ockham’s Razor’ (ABC Radio National) in January. The transcript of the critique is available at:
    http://www.abc.net.au/rn/ockhamsrazor/stories/2010/2770728.htm

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