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Taking Action on Sugar! (S03 E04)

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  Posted by: The Probe      8th February 2021

Dr Kawther Hashem, Campaign Lead at Action on Sugar, and Dr Saul Konviser of the Dental Wellness Trust discuss the Government’s open consultation on total restriction of online advertising for HFSS (High in Fat, Sugar and Salt) products, and why it is so important.

The conversation covers the difficulties parents face when feeding their children, branding and packaging, and more. We also question whether responsibility should come down to the government, manufacturers, retailers or consumers.

Drs Hashem and Konviser also talk about the issues arising in patients due to a lack of care during the pandemic.

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Dr Kawther Hashem

Dr Kawther Hashem, BSc MSc PhD RNutr (Public Health), is an Registered Nutritionist. She currently holds the position of nutrition researcher at Queen Mary University of London and the Campaign Lead for the Action on Sugar project at Consensus Action on Salt, Sugar and Health (CASSH), an active research charity organisation concerned with the effects of salt and sugar on health.

Kawther studied for a BSc in Nutrition at King’s College London. Since graduating, she has worked in various areas including the food industry, non-governmental organisations and more recently in academia. In 2014, Kawther completed a Masters in Food Policy at City University London and in early 2019, she completed her PhD on sugar reduction.

Alongside her current roles Kawther is also visiting lecturer on nutrition and food policy at several UK universities and is regularly invited to comment on nutrition topics in the media.

Twitter: @actiononsugar @kawtherh

Instagram: @actiononsaltandsugar @drkawthernutrition


Dr Saul Konviser

Dr Saul Konviser is a general dentist at Montagu Dental practice in Marylebone. He also has an MSc in International Health Policy and utilises this in his role as Trustee of the Dental Wellness Trust charity. He he has been responsible for establishing the DWT’s supervised toothbrushing programmes in schools and nurseries in the UK that now has over 3,500 children taking part everyday. This is in addition to the 15,000 children participating in the DWT’s programmes in South Africa. If you wish to get involved with the DWT, then please get in touch at

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