England: children exceed healthy sugar limit by age 10

08 February 2019

The average child has already exceeded the maximum sugar intake recommended for an 18-year-old by the time they turn 10, says Public Health England.

Change4Life is encouraging parents to ‘make a swap when you next shop’, choosing healthier versions of yoghurts, juice drinks and cereals, for example.

On average, children consume eight excess sugar cubes a day – around 2800 a year.

Families are encouraged to look for the Change4Life ‘Good Choice’ badge in shops, download the free Food Scanner app or search ‘Change4Life’ online to help them find lower sugar options.

Popular brands will display the ‘Good Choice’ badge online, in-store and throughout their advertising for healthier options, and customers can also find these options in supermarkets.

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