If your child regularly has too much sugar they’ll be more likely to develop a number of preventable health problems including:


If your child has too much sugar in their diet, they’re likely to be having more calories than they need which can lead to weight gain and obesity.

Childhood obesity is a big problem in our city with 12% of reception school age children and almost a quarter of Year 6 children being classed as being obese.* The good news is however, you can start to protect your child from obesity by making small changes like switching to a healthier breakfast.

(*National Child Measurement Programme, 2015/16)

Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers

Even if your child looks fine on the outside, having too much sugar could still be harming their health. The excess fat that builds up in the body due to them having too much sugar may not always be visible but it can still increase their risk of developing serious diseases in the future.

It’s important to protect children from these conditions while you can. Making a few small changes to cut down on sugar, such as swapping to a healthy breakfast, could help them live a longer, healthier and happier life.


Sugary drinks

Take a look at our list to see which drinks could be putting your child’s health at risk.


Maximum Daily Allowance

4-5 years, 5 sugar cubes. 7-10 years, 6 sugar cubes. 11 plus years 7 sugar subes. 1 sugar cube equals 4 grams.

Learn how the sugar from cereals and drinks can add up during the day.

Sugary Drinks

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