Mark Whitehead 15 June 2018

Kids eating ‘far more sugar than is healthy’, warn health officials

Kids eating ‘far more sugar than is healthy’, warn health officials image

Children have already consumed more than the recommended intake of sugar for the whole of 2018, according to Public Health England.

The health authority says children aged four to 10 years are eating twice as much sugar as they should, averaging the equivalent of 13 sugar cubes a day.

This means they are on track to consume around 4,800 cubes of sugar by the end of the year, more than double the recommended maximum.

Health advisors say soft drinks are one of the main sources of sugar in children’s diets, accounting for more than ice cream and puddings combined.

They warn that too much sugar can lead to weight gain, obesity and tooth decay.

Official figures show a third of children leave primary school overweight or obese and a quarter of five year-olds suffer from tooth decay.

Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at PHE said: 'We’re barely halfway through the year and already children have consumed far more sugar than is healthy – it’s no surprise this is contributing to an obesity crisis.

'Snacks and drinks are adding unnecessary sugar to children’s diets without us even noticing.

'Swapping to lower or no added sugar alternatives is something all parents can work towards.'

Learning from Leeds image

Learning from Leeds

Joanne Volpe the best of giving people the information they need to find a home right for them.
Highways jobs

Senior Practitioner - Placement Finding Team

Essex County Council
£28500.0 - £50400.0 per annum
Senior Practitioner - Children and Young People Placement Service- Placement Finding Team Interviews to be held on the 10th September at County Hall, England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

People Information Analyst

Essex County Council
Up to £33330 per annum
Please note this is a fixed term contract role for a duration of 12 months. Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local au England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Key stage Officer

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£32430 - £34794
Key Stage Education Officer (Secondary Phase) to work with children in our care, supporting them in classrooms and in their homes with their education SE18 6HQ
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Solicitor/Barrister Advocate - Children’s x4

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band I, SCP 44 - 47 (£46,564 - £49,538 per annum) (£24.14 - 25.68 per hour)
To act as the principal advocate for all aspects of advocacy legal work relating to the children’s social care in the county court and high court. Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury B69 3DE
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Business Support Officer

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band C, SCP 5 - 8 (£18,795 - £19,945 per annum) pro rata (£9.74 - £10.34 per hour)
The successful candidate will provide administrative business support to service teams within Adult Social Care, Health and Wellbeing. The Lyng, Health & Social Care Centre, Frank Fisher Way, West Bromwich, B70 7AW
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

The June issue of Local Government News contains the full details of all the winning schemes in the 2019 Street Design Awards. From Children's Play to Pedestrian Environment, find out who has been recognised for their innovation and use of best practice.

This issue also explores how local government pension funds can hedge currency risk, how councils can best address the shortfall in school places, and an update on the number of authorities banning the use of Roundup over safety fears.

Register for your free magazine