A new study from Credit Suisse bank explores the “dietary impact of ‘sugar and sweeteners’ and their role in the ongoing health debate surrounding obesity and diabetes.” This is a hotly debated topic, but no one has presented the terrifying facts quite like Credit Suisse. Their video is creative, beautiful, and presents the alarming facts in a clear, visually appealing manner. Here are some important sugar and health-related takeaways from theĀ “Sugar: Sweet With a Bitter Aftertaste” video:

  • Close to 90 percent of general practitioners in the US, Europe, and Asia believe excess sugar consumption is linked to the sharp growth in health problems like obesity and diabetes.
  • Close to 400 million people worldwide are affected by type 2 diabetes.
  • 4.8 people die of type 2 diabetes every year.
  • Costs to the global health care system are estimated at 470 billion U.S. dollars.
  • Soda and sugary drinks are the main culprit of the nation’s obesity and diabetes epidemic.
  • In the ’70s and ’80s, the blame for these rising health issues was put down to fat. Apparently, replacing fat with sugar to keep these things tasting good wasn’t a smart idea.
  • Added sugar makes up about 17% of our diet.
  • The U.S. is ranked #1 in consuming sugar and caloric sweeteners.

[via Business Insider]