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No More Sugar for You, Johnny

If your child has sweet tooth, maybe it is time to curb their sugar intake before it would cause serious problems in the future.

The average 10-year-old has consumed as much sugar in their lifetime as the recommended limit for an 18-year-old, according to Public Health England (PHE), which is warning of serious implications for obesity and health.
Children are consuming the equivalent of eight excess sugar cubes a day, or 2,800 a year, says PHE, which has launched a new healthy eating campaign under its Change4Life scheme. National guidance recommends no more than five or six sugar cubes (20g-24g) a day for children aged four to 10.
One-third of children are overweight or obese at the age of 10 and 4.2% are severely obese in year six at school. Obese children often become obese adults, at risk of heart attacks, strokes and type 2 diabetes.

There are a lot of healthier alternatives with low amounts of sugar in them. It would be best if you could educate children about the long-term effects of their lifestyle choices - eating habits and exercise - so that they could develop and maintain these habits as they grow older.

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Oddly enough, there are healthier alternatives to just about everything. Combine that with some people's love of telling others what they are doing wrong in their lives and you get articles like this one. Is sugar good for you? Not in the amounts an average 10 year old can consume if left to their own devices. However, treats are a part of childhood. The whole obesity in children thing is a fairly recent problem and has less to do with eating and more to do with inactivity. The problem with "educating" kids to the evils of sugar is that, in the kid's mind, they are immortal, junk food tastes good, and forbidden fruits are the most desired. Basically, feed the kid healthy meals, get them off their butts and moving around and treat sugary things like treats and not a food group.
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Make them buy their own candy and see how much of a sweet tooth they develop. That's how we handled it when I was a kid. We didn't really keep candy in the house.
Even for meals we didn't even have desserts often. Desserts were saved for special occasions like having guests over.
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