A new year, a new start, so how about some new rules on what your children should and shouldn’t be eating?
The Change4Life ‘Sugar Swap’ campaign launches today encouraging parents to cut back on the amount of sweet products that they feed to their children.
It offers tips including swapping ice cream for yoghurt and sugary drinks for sugar-free drinks.
Professor Kevin Fenton, national director of health and wellbeing at Public Health England, said: “Reducing sugar intake is important for the health of our children both now and in the future”.
He added: “We are all eating too much sugar and the impact this has on our health is evident”.
A survey carried out by NetMums found that two-thirds of parents are worried about the amount of sugar in their children’s diet.
According to the research nearly half believe their family consume too much.
The survey questioned 687 parents of children aged 5-11 and 1720 parents of children of all ages online in October.
Children aged 4-10 get 17% of their daily sugar from soft drinks; 17% from biscuits, buns, cakes, pastries and fruit pies, 14% from confectionery, 13% from fruit juice, and 8% from breakfast cereals .
We all know that drinking and eating too much sugar can lead to obesity and health problems such as diabetes.
The amount of sugary foods being consumed by the young is also impacting the dental health of our children.
Last year tooth decay was the most common reason for hospital admissions for children aged five to nine in 2012-13.
It followed the examination of more than 50,000 children at their nursery, children’s centre or playgroup.
Data released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre last month found more than one in five children in reception class were classified as overweight or obese, and over a third of those in year 6 were overweight or obese in 2013/2014.
Make a start in 2015, by saying no to sugary foods and giving your children water instead of sugary drinks.
For more information visit: https://sugarswaps.change4life.co.uk/