Sugar Consumption High Among Children: Study

Indo-Asian News Service | Updated: September 12, 2016 13:46 IST

Children are everyday consuming up to three times more sugar than what is good for them, a survey conducted by an Indian-origin researcher has revealed.

“The results of this survey are extremely worrying. At a time when one in three 10-year-old children are overweight or obese, and one in three five-year-olds has tooth decay, the health risks posed by failure to tackle sugar intake are serious,” the Daily Mail quoted Neena Modi, Professor at the Imperial College, London as saying.

The survey was carried out among 1,288 adults and 1,258 children who completed a three or four day food diary.

According to the study, children aged four to 10 drank 100 ml of sugary drinks per day on average and sugar still makes up 13 per cent of a child’s daily calorie intake, more than twice the five per cent recommended limit.

Those aged 11 to 18 have a daily diet made up of 15 per cent sugar — three times the recommended amount. Meanwhile, adults aged between 19 and 64 are also heavy consumers, with 12 per cent of their diets made up of sugar, the study revealed.

About one-fifth of five-year-olds and one-third of 11-year-olds are overweight or obese. Children aged four to 10 have diets in which 13 per cent of their daily calorie intake comes from saturated fat.

“This data provides compelling evidence that we all need to eat more fruit, vegetable, fiber and oily fish and cut back on sugar, salt and saturated fat to improve our health,” Alison Tedstone, Chief Nutritionist at Public Health England.

While it is encouraging that young children are having fewer sugary drinks, they still have far too much sugar in their diet overall, along with teenagers and adults, suggested the study.

An overweight or obese child is likely to be an overweight or obese adult, thus increasing their risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Dear reader,

In the light of the above mentioned realities what is the scenario across India? My nutritionist daughter Ms. Divya Arun, an ISOS-affiliated professional, has told me that sugar is almost as addictive a food item as any other drug, especially in cases of kids taking to it in direct form –or in concealed form as candies and toffees. Our taste buds catch on to glucose and sucrose molecules even when the food item as such contains very little of it.

And they help the person develop a craving for it all through his or her life also.

Kids brought up by ‘loving’ but misguided moms and dads partly on too many sugary delicacies all through their growing years go onto their adulthood somewhat like sitting ducks for all kinds of lifestyle illnesses too. For such kids no balanced diet pattern can be prescribed since they won’t take to it except with difficulty. They won’t like veggies and salads too unless these have a sweet taste in them.

You may meet hundreds of such kids, being escorted by their often glamorous moms cheerfully purchasing many varieties of candies and sweet delicacies for them day in and day out, usually in the afternoons when the kids are on their way back from school.

These moms and thousands of really well-educated and well-heeled dads are actually displaying their affection in a most unethical and unhealthy manner but without being aware of the long term consequences of what they are doing!

Take a good look at such kids for health purposes and you can see they are inclined to obesity already by the age of 8 or 10.Or they are already diabetic at that incipient age!

My point is elementary.

A habit of taking balanced diet must be ingrained when your kids are young, preferably before they touch 5 or 6.That is, if you are a mom that really, sincerely loves your kid and would wish him or her a long and healthy life without having to consult a physician except on rare occasions!!

And in this connection, a physician is no help. You need to consult a Dietitian in person and get a food intake pattern for the week, depending on the age of your kid! Preferably you need to retain that dietitian, at least through periodic consultation sessions, until your kid is a healthy robust adult!

My best wishes!



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