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Teenagers’ annual fizzy drink consumption can fill a bathtub

HealthBy Sunday World
Teenagers’ annual fizzy drink consumption can fill a bathtub

Since sugar was identified as the biggest diet and health enemy out there, people are slowly becoming more aware about which foods and drinks to cut down on. From shop bought pasta sauces brimming with sugar, to a call a tax on sugary drinks, the nation and world as a whole is attempting to cut back on the bad stuff.

However it seems teenagers, aged between 11 and 18, aren’t listening when it comes to the dangers of sugar, which can lead to obesity and major health problems like heart disease and diabetes, and are guzzling 234 cans of soft drink a year. That’s the equivalent to 77 litres, enough to nearly fill a small bathtub.

Even more worrying is that toddlers, aged between 18 months and three, are drinking around 70 cans a year, which works out at 1.3 cans a week. The figures were calculated from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey and also showed children in between toddler and teen age were consuming close to 111 cans a year.

“It’s shocking that teenagers are drinking the equivalent of a bathtub of sugary drinks a year,” Alison Cox, director of prevention at Cancer Research U.K., said.

She adds the proposed sugar tax that the British Government announced on certain drinks will help to slow down the problem.

“We urgently need to stop this happening and the good news is that the Government’s sugar tax will play a crucial role in helping to curb this behaviour,” she continued. “The ripple effect of a small tax on sugary drinks is enormous, and it will give soft drinks companies a clear incentive to reduce the amount of sugar in drinks. When coupled with the Government’s plan to reduce sugar in processed food, we could really see an improvement to our diets.

“But the Government can do more to give the next generation a better chance, by closing the loop hole on junk food advertising on TV before the 9pm watershed. The U.K. has an epidemic on its hands, and needs to act now.”

The recommended sugar limit for children in Britain is 30g a day, with those under five give not advised to consume more than 19g a day. Cancer Research’s new findings suggest that kids actually can eat three times the amount they are meant to.

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