The annual sugar intake of an average five-year-old kid has increased to as much as their own weight, according to health officials. The caution issued by the officials has urged the parents to manage their children’s eating habits. The government, which is being pushed to levy sugar tax on drinks and foods, is on the road to formulate its child obesity strategy.
Sugar equivalent to five sugar cubes per day is what has been recommended by the Public Health England (PHE) for five-year-olds. At present, children are consuming thrice the amount of the recommended maximum limit. For 11-year-olds, it is seven cubes and for six to ten-year-olds it is six cubes, stated the PHE. A new free application has been launched by the officials to keep a track of the daily sugar consumption of the children. The app tells the sugar content of every drink and food item by scanning its barcode. The app shows the sugar content in terms of cubes and grams.
Among the kids between the age of five and nine, tooth decay has emerged as the most common issue for hospitalization and the number rises by 14% every three years. During 2013-14, the number of children, between five and nine years, admitted to hospital due to dental problems was 25,812.
Tooth decay was the problem detected with nearly 50% of the eight year old kids. At the age of five, 20% of the kids are either overweight or obese and this figure rises to 33.3% by 11 years of age. Type 2 diabetes has been detected in 2.5 million people, with 90% of overweight and obese people.