A children’s sugar intake health roadshow is coming to Tameside this month.
Research has revealed that children are consuming three times as much sugar as they should be. Pictured above is the mountain of sugar( 5543 cubes or 22 bags of sugar) next to a five year old boy. This is the average a five year old consumes in a year.
The national Change 4 Life campaign, which is being supported by Tameside Council, will be at the Arcades shopping centre, Ashton, on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 January to promote its new Sugar Smart app to help families see how much sugar there is every day food and drink.
The free app works by scanning the barcode of products and revealing the amount of total sugar it contains in cubes and grams.
Change4Life has also created an eye-opening short film to warn parents about the health harms of eating and drinking too much sugar, including becoming overweight and tooth decay.
At the roadshow in Ashton they will display the sugar tower depicting the amount of sugar a typical five-year-old consumes in a year (22kg).
To find out more about the campaign and how to download the app and make sugar smart changes to your family’s diet see www.nhs.uk/change4life