East Yorks parents urged to cut kids’ sugar intake

Published: Thursday 7th January 2016 by The News Editor

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Hull and East Yorkshire parents are being urged to reduce their children’s sugar consumption in the wake of alarming figures.

Change4Life’s new ‘Sugar Smart’ campaign began this week as statistics showed that over a fifth (22 per cent) of children from the area are obese or overweight. That fraction rises to a third among children aged between 10 and 11.

This makes them more prone to growing up into an obese adulthood where they are more vulnerable to Type-2 diabetes, heart disease, some cancers and other major health problems.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s public health director Tim Allison said: “Levels of childhood obesity locally continue to be a cause for concern.”

Dr. Allison added: “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. That’s why we want parents to be ‘Sugar Smart’.”

A new free Public Health England app is helping them pinpoint the source of sugar in their offspring’s day-to-day food and beverages.

Parents can simply scan food product barcodes to find how how much sugar lies within. This should enable them to make informed decisions on where sugar can be reduced.

Copyright Press Association 2016

Published: Thursday 7th January 2016 by The News Editor

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