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January 02, 2019 - The Guardian

Average 10-year-old has eaten 18 years' worth of sugar

Average 10-year-old has eaten 18 years' worth of sugar
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One-third of children are overweight or obese at the age of 10 and 4.2% are severely obese in year six at school.

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. 

VA: Experts are calling on families to drop sugar-rich foods processed such as cereals and juices in favour of healthy alternatives including fruit and oatmeal.

Read more at The Guardian


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