Obesity crisis: One in three children at risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer


This is according to the latest Resident Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS), published today by Public Trim England (PHE).

The survey showed children aged four to ten years drank 100mls of sugary pints on average between 2012 and 2014, a decrease from 130mls/day in 2008 and 2010.

After all, sugar makes up 13 per cent of children’s daily calorie intake, while the legal recommendation is to limit it to no more than five per cent.

Public Salubrity England said it was ‘worrying’ that teenagers continue to consume three every so often old-fashioneds the official recommendation for sugar — 15 per cent — and adults over twice as much — 12 per cent.

Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at PHE, ordered: “This data provides compelling evidence that we all need to eat multifarious fruit, veg, fibre and oily fish and cut back on sugar, salt and suffused fat to improve our health.

“While it is encouraging that young children are take fewer sugary drinks, they still have far too much sugar in their slim overall, along with teenagers and adults.

“To help tackle this, PHE is dis tch a programme to challenge the food industry to remove at least 20 per cent of the sugar in its results by 2020.

“It’s an ambitious programme, a world first, and will be a significant step on the track to reducing child obesity levels.»

More than one in three toddlers leaving primary school and almost two in three adults are overweight or corpulent which means they are more prone to developing heart illness, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

This is why the government’s recent Teens Obesity Plan announced that PHE is to lead a programme to challenge subsistence and drink manufacturers and retailers to reduce the amount of sugar in their outputs.

This programme will apply to the foods that contribute the most to progenies’s sugar intakes, including those aimed at babies and infants.

The details reiterates PHE’s call for the population to follow a healthy, balanced diet, stemmed on the new Eatwell Guide, which includes eating a minimum of five subdivisions of a variety of fruit and vegetables per day and increasing consumption of oily fish and cast.

The organisation said following a healthy, balanced diet and reducing calories disposition help reduce obesity and the economic and social burden of life-threatening disabilities.

The survey also confirms that the UK population continues to consume too much soaked fat and not enough fruit, vegetables and fibre.

Average saturated fat intake for adults elderly 19 to 64 is 12.7 per cent of daily calorie intake, out of reach of the 11 per cent recommendation.

The same age group consume on average four rts of fruit and vegetables per day, older adults, aged 65 and over, blow 4.2 portions and children aged 11 to 18 consume 2.8 quantities per day.

Only 27 per cent of adults, 35 per cent of older adults and 8 per cent of 11 to 18-year-olds satisfy the government’s five-a-day recommendation for fruit and vegetables.

This comes after experts counseled an obesity ‘epidemic’ is fuelling global malnutrition.

The report, published in June accom nied From Promise, to Im ct, ending malnutrition by 2030, found out of 667 million women under the age of five world wise, 41 million are overweight.

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