Call to cut childhood obesity and ‘swap out’ high-sugar in diet

People are being encouraged to reduce the amount of sugar their children eat and drink
People are being encouraged to reduce the amount of sugar their children eat and drink
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PEOPLE are being encouraged to swap sugary foods for more healthy options.

Hampshire County Council is supporting the national Change4Life’s Sugar Swap campaign to help parents reduce the amount of sugar their children eat and drink.

This includes picking sugar-free or no-added-sugar drinks, getting children involved with shopping for lower sugar snacks or having smaller-sized puddings.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, who is in charge of adult social care and public health, said: ‘We wouldn’t let our children eat sugar straight from the sugar 
bowl, but we tend not to think about 
sugar in the other things they eat and drink.

‘Making small changes, such as swapping from sugary cereals to plain porridge, plain wholewheat or plain shredded wholegrain, will help to reduce our daily consumption of sugar.

‘To join in, all you need to do is sign up with Change4Life and pick one easy swap.’

Excess sugar leads to excess calories and a build-up of fat in the body, and increases the risk of developing dangerous conditions including cancer, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

In Hampshire, one in five children entering school is overweight or obese, and by the age of 10 and 11 years old this rises to almost one in three.

To have a look at healthy food swap plans, visit the website nhs.uk/change4life/