Most 4 – 10 year olds consume 22 kg of sugar a year

Public Health England (PHE) has created an app that allows parents to monitor the sugar intake of their children, after finding most four-to-10-year-olds consume 22kg of sugar a year – the weight of an average five-year-old.

The ‘Sugar smart’ campaign has been allocated £5m and aims to help parents pick healthier food and drink options for their children using the app which can scan the barcodes of up to 75,000 products to reveal the amount of sugar in cubes and grams. Click here to download the app from the NHS Change 4 Life Sugar Smart webpage

Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist for Public Health England, said: “Children are having too much sugar. This can lead to painful tooth decay, weight gain and obesity, which can also affect children’s wellbeing as they are more likely to be bullied, have low self-esteem and miss school.

“Children aged five shouldn’t have more than 19 grams of sugar per day – that’s five cubes, but it’s very easy to have more. Our easy-to-use app will help parents see exactly where the sugar in their children’s diet is coming from, so they can make informed choices about what to cut down on.”

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