British children consume body weight in sugar each year
The government health organisation Public Health England (PHE) has warned that some British children are consuming their own body weight in sugar each year. On average, a child aged between four and ten eats around 22kg of sugar per year, roughly the same weight as an average five year old. The research by PHE found that the amount of sugar consumed by children could lead to a range of health conditions and, as a result, the organisation has launched a free “sugar smart” phone app that allows families to see how much sugar is in their food and drink.
The app forms part of the “Change4Life” healthy lifestyle campaign and aims to help families to cut down on sugar in order to tackle the issue of child obesity and related health problems such as diabetes. It works by allowing users to scan the barcodes on products to get an instant reading of how much sugar they contain. The Chief Executive of PHE, Dr Alison Tedstone, said that children consume around three times the recommended amount of sugar, contributing to the £5.1 billion obesity cost to the NHS each year.