The dangers of sugar are becoming harder and harder to ignore. If you look at newspapers, social media and the latest research it’s clear to see that sugar is becoming a real issue not just in Liverpool but across the country and the world. Now is the time to fight back and Save Kids From Sugar!

• Children between 4 and 10 years old are having on average 5,543 cubes of sugar a year… That’s the average weight of a 5 year old child!

• Some cereals contain more than 3.5 sugar cubes which means some children could be having over half of their maximum daily allowance before school.

• Sugary drinks are the main contributor to children consuming too much sugar. Breakfast cereals, cakes and biscuits come a close second.

• Some children are drinking a 500ml bottle of sugar drink a day. That’s over 13 cubes of sugar.

• Too much sugar can cause tooth decay and obesity, which in turn can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.

• In Liverpool tooth decay in children is on the rise with almost a third (32%) of 5 year old children in Liverpool having decayed, missing or filled teeth. * (England = 25%) Source: Dental Public Health Epidemiology Programme, 2015

• Childhood obesity is a big problem in Liverpool with 12% of reception school age children and 23.6% of Year 6 children being classed as being obese. (National Child Measurement Programme, 2015/16)

Sugary Drinks

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HOW MUCH SUGAR IS IN YOUR CHILD’S CEREALS?

Cereals

We’ve put together a handy list to help you choose a healthier breakfast for your child.

MAXIMUM DAILY ALLOWANCE

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.

HOW MUCH SUGAR IS IN YOUR CHILD’S DRINKS?

Sugary drinks

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