Global Challenges Academy

Cutting Sugar Consumption

Cutting Sugar Consumption

Our researchers inform global nutrition policy for reducing sugars in the diet. They also tackle problems of sugar consumption within communities in the developing world, such as in schools. Our work includes research on the food supply chain, consumer perception, monitoring levels of sugar consumption and implementing interventions to reduce sugar intake.


Find out more about our projects.


Our partners

  •  World Health Organization (WHO)

Newcastle University staff

Dr Emma Foster

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5581

Dr Richard Holmes
Senior Lecturer / Hon. Consultant in Dental Public Health


Professor Paula Moynihan
Prof of Nutrition & Oral Health

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8241

Dr Melanie Parravano Baro
Lecturer in Economics

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1509

Dr Suzanne Spence
Newcastle University Research Fellow

Telephone: 0191 2087739

Dr Wendy Wrieden
Principal Research Associate

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5581

Professor Daniel Zizzo
Dean of Research & Innovation

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 5844


Global Challenge

Sugar consumption must be reduced globally to prevent non-communicable diseases, such as obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. Over consumption of sugar has created a massive challenge for population health in low and middle-income countries. Many of which are experiencing an economic and nutrition transition resulting in an increase of sugars in the diet. Reducing sugars in the diet at a global scale could be done through a concerted effort from regulators, communities and individuals working together to reduce and control sugar intake.

How we are making a difference

  • Systematic reviews of evidence to inform WHO nutrition policy.
  • Evidence synthesis to inform a forthcoming WHO toolkit for prevention of early childhood caries.
  • Investigating the potential impact of tooth decay on undernutrition in low and middle income countries.
  • Innovative solutions to measuring sugar intake in individuals and populations.
  • Understanding solutions to implement strategies to lower sugars consumption from high level policy to public health and education.
  • Large scale studies on how taxing food products high in sugars alters consumer behaviour.

Where we are having an impact



Read and download our publications:

  • Sugars Consumption around Bedtime and Dental Caries in Children: A Systematic Review (2018). Journal of Dental Research Clinical Translational Research

    Date Published: 3 January 2018 Read more
  • Guideline on Sugars for dental health professionals, Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology (2018). Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology

    Date Published: 1 February 2018 Read more
  • The Impact of Taxation and Signposting on Diet: An Online Field Study with Breakfast Cereals and Soft Drinks

    Date Published: June 2016 Read more