About 33% of the Singapore population is overweight, the second highest in the ASEAN region. 11% suffer from diabetes, putting it second behind the USA amongst all developed nations. If current trends persist, diabetes rates could reach 15% within 7 years.

Having declared a war against diabetes, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has taken a three-pronged approach to ramp up public education on healthy living to prevent the growth in diabetics, health screenings for early identification of individuals with diabetes and finally support in the management of the disease to prevent or delay complications.

Additionally, the Health Promotion Board (HPB) had announced financial incentives to encourage the industry to develop reduced sugar alternatives in response to the public health challenges in Singapore.   

Studies have shown that a low glycemic index (GI) diet has significantly helped people with diabetes manage their condition better and has decreased the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  As such the Glycemic Index Foundation has introduced its world first font-of-pack labelling programme that help consumers identify low GI foods guiding healthy food choices.

The symbol is now ready to be rolled as a global standard for GI labelling among regulatory authorities and as a front-of-pack labelling programme to make ‘healthy choices easy choices’ for consumers.

Join us at the FIA Lunch Series on 14th June, Thursday, to find out more about the success of the GI symbol in Australia and how such a labelling programme can benefit the food industry and consumers in Asia.

Kathy Usic
Chief Executive Officer
Glycemic Index Foundation

Kathy is an accomplished health professional and commercially minded business leader with over 35 years’ experience in education, FMCG and the health promotion / not for profit sectors.  Kathy currently leads the Glycemic Index Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation owned by the University of Sydney and the Diabetes NSW ACT (Australia).  GIF is committed to promoting and contributing to the prevention and management of obesity, diabetes and other chronic lifestyle-related conditions, through healthy low-GI diets.  GIF administers the Low GI Symbol.

Please register at info@foodindustry.asia.