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Today’s Kids Eat Sugar Equivalent to 20 Chocolate Chips a Day

Update Date: Feb 24, 2017 07:10 AM EST

Research reveals that children nowadays are consuming sugar equivalent to 20 pieces of chocolate chip biscuits in a day. This and more is the reason behind the increasing rate of obesity incidences in children.

Mirror UK reveals that 11 to 18-year-old children consume a daily average of sugar equivalent to 20 chocolate chip cookies. The research was conducted at the Obesity Health Alliance teamed up with 39 leading health charities, medical royal collages and campaign groups in the UK. The study aimed to slash a number of sugary foods and sugary drink intakes of children to fight obesity and other diseases.

According to Dr. Modi Mwatsama from the Obesity Health Alliance, parents are not aware that they are handing over 20 chocolate biscuits to their children every day. Beside this, there are already so many hidden sugars in the food and drinks available for children today so it is really hard to measure how much sugar kids are taking in nowadays.

The research also believes that if the food industry managed to become successful in reducing slat content in food, the same could also be possible with sugar.

Mayo Clinic advice that to be able to provide a heathy diet for children and people in general, limiting intake of foods and drinks that are high in sugar is a must. Besides obesity, sugary foods and drinks can also cause tooth decay. Too much sugar in body systems can also lead to health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

Data gathered from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey show that the highest sugar intake for 11 to 18-years-old is around 73.2g/day, the amount is followed by 19 to 64-year-olds with a sugar consumption of 59.9g/day. Children aged 4 to 10 years consumes around 53.5g/day of sugary foods and drinks in a day.

Obesity, one of the risks sugary drinks and foods can lead into can put people at risk for cancer. Sticking to a diet right in vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, in different amounts as per need keeps children and adults healthy and free from diseases.

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