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Parent's encouraged to reduce their children's sugar intake

More than 50 per cent of children’s sugar intake comes from unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks, Public Health England says.

They also say that this high sugar intake is leading to obesity and painful tooth decay amongst children, so now encourage parents to limit their children’s to eat snacks with only 100 calories, and not more than twice a day as part of their Change4life campaign.

Studies by Public Health Englad have shown that on average children consume at least three unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks a day, with a third consuming four or more. It also shows every year children are consuming around 400 biscuits, over 120 cakes, buns and pastries, about 100 portions of sweets, around 70 chocolate bars and 70 ice creams, with more than 150 juice drink pouches and cans of fizzy drink.

The Change4life campaign is now pointing parents in the direction of healthier snacks like fruit and vegetables as well as money-off vouchers for children's electric toothbrushes.