Considering Australian's eat an average of 21 teaspoons of sugar for breakfast, it's no wonder 280 are diagnosed with diabetes every day, a leading sports doctor says.
A standard breakfast of brown toast, cornflakes with milk and apple juice is perceived as healthy but has 21 teaspoons of sugar, sports doctor Peter Brukner told the Australian Health & Wellness Summit in Melbourne on Sunday.
"We have a massive public health problem on our hands. A massive problem with childhood obesity that's just not going to get any better," he said.
"Forget low fat, sugar is evil. This is the killer."
Dr Brukner said the Australian food industry is to blame and are "selling a lie" by hiding sugar in products that are marketed as healthy.