No More Sugar for You, Johnny

If your child has sweet tooth, maybe it is time to curb their sugar intake before it would cause serious problems in the future.

The average 10-year-old has consumed as much sugar in their lifetime as the recommended limit for an 18-year-old, according to Public Health England (PHE), which is warning of serious implications for obesity and health.

Children are consuming the equivalent of eight excess sugar cubes a day, or 2,800 a year, says PHE, which has launched a new healthy eating campaign under its Change4Life scheme. National guidance recommends no more than five or six sugar cubes (20g-24g) a day for children aged four to 10.

One-third of children are overweight or obese at the age of 10 and 4.2% are severely obese in year six at school. Obese children often become obese adults, at risk of heart attacks, strokes and type 2 diabetes.

There are a lot of healthier alternatives with low amounts of sugar in them. It would be best if you could educate children about the long-term effects of their lifestyle choices – eating habits and exercise – so that they could develop and maintain these habits as they grow older.

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Source: neatorama

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