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Children consuming equivalent of 20 chocolate chip biscuits a day in sugar, says research

The food and drink industry is being urged to reduce the amount of sugar in products as figures from the Obesity Health Alliance show that 11- to 18-year-old children are consuming, on average, the same amount of sugar as 20 chocolate chip biscuits a day.

Sugar is present in many of the food and drinks that children consume on a daily basis, making it difficult to consume less than the maximum daily recommendation for sugar. It also makes it hard for parents to know how much sugar their children are having.

The Faculty of Public Health is a member of the Obesity Health Alliance, a coalition of 39 leading health charities, medical royal colleges and campaign groups. The alliance is urging the food and drink industry to comply with the Government’s reformulation programme to reduce the amount of sugar in food commonly eaten by children by 20 per cent by 2020.

Research has shown that reformulation programmes that reduce certain ingredients in products are likely to be one of the most effective ways to help people eat more healthily.

Read the full OHA statement.

Written: 27/02/2017 , last modified: 03/03/2017