In the long term, people will pay with their health through problems such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, sleep apnea, strokes, gallbladder disease, liver disease, osteoarthritis, infertility, endometrial cancer, bowel cancer, breast cancer, thrombosis, poor wound healing, high cholesterol and hardening of the arteries.
Taiwan has joined the world of obesity and present generations will find that there is a high likelihood that their life expectancy will be shorter than that of their parents — which will be a first in history.
Health and education authorities must release the truth about sugar, come up with effective responses, educate the public about foods containing sugar and show people how the sugar that is hidden in various foods is poisoning their health and how the huge costs of dealing with this are reflected in our National Health Insurance premiums.
Being overweight no longer symbolizes wealth and fertility; the damage, pain and loss it causes is something that will continue to spread if nothing is done.
Chiang Sheng is an attending physician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mackay Memorial Hospital.
Translated by Drew Cameron