The star of Australia’s highest grossing documentary was on hand to encourage the pursuit of a healthier diet on Wednesday night.
That Sugar Film actor and director Damon Gameau was guest of honour at Nutrition for Life’s cocktail party, which saw about 100 pack out The Mill Providore and Gallery to help the Tasmanian organisation continue its preventative healthcare community projects.
Nutrition for Life founder Gary Fettke said the organisation’s message of cutting down on processed foods, sugar, and carbs had gained heavy traction with the community over recent years.
“We're now starting to understand that sugar is a major issue, certainly in the amount that we're having and the frequency, so the moment we start reducing that we start improving our health,” Dr Fettke said.
Gameau said he had been constantly attending similar events since his film first hit screens in 2015.
“When we started there was a little bit of discussion about sugar but it was still seen as a fad, but it's kind of had this mainstream push and momentum in the last year, so there's a growing awareness about health,” Gameau said.
“These kind of things are really growing and what Gary's doing - even a year ago I think they only had two or three people in their team and now there's like 12 of them - so the word is spreading because people are getting results.”
Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson was another in attendance at the event, hot off the heels of his party’s announcement of a proposed 20 per cent tax on soft drink.
Dr Fettke said such a move would no doubt help further thrust sugar’s detrimental health effects into the public consciousness.
“I don't care if it's a small tax or a big tax - the moment you put a tax on you're starting to raise awareness that it's a problem.”