The dangers of sugar are becoming harder and harder to ignore. If you look at newspapers, social media and the latest research it’s clear to see that sugar is becoming a real issue not just in Liverpool but across the country and the world. Now is the time to fight back and Save Kids From Sugar!
• Children between 4 and 10 years old are having on average 5,543 cubes of sugar a year… That’s the average weight of a 5 year old child!
• Some cereals contain more than 3.5 sugar cubes which means some children could be having over half of their maximum daily allowance before school.
• Sugary drinks are the main contributor to children consuming too much sugar. Breakfast cereals, cakes and biscuits come a close second.
• Some children are drinking a 500ml bottle of sugar drink a day. That’s over 13 cubes of sugar.
• Too much sugar can cause tooth decay and obesity, which in turn can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.
• In Liverpool tooth decay in children is on the rise with almost a third (32%) of 5 year old children in Liverpool having decayed, missing or filled teeth. * (England = 25%) Source: Dental Public Health Epidemiology Programme, 2015
• Childhood obesity is a big problem in Liverpool with 12% of reception school age children and 23.6% of Year 6 children being classed as being obese. (National Child Measurement Programme, 2015/16)