Search

Parents urged to get ‘sugar smart’ to combat diabetes

PUBLISHED: 16:06 05 April 2016 | UPDATED: 16:06 05 April 2016

The sugar smart campaign is urging parents to control their children's sugar intake

The sugar smart campaign is urging parents to control their children's sugar intake

PA/Press Association Images

Obese youngsters have a greater risk of developing health problems in later life

Parents are being urged to become ‘sugar smart’ to combat diabetes, with figures showing that a third of 10 to 11-year-olds in Kent are overweight or obese.

The Kent and Medway Public Health Observatory statistics also show that almost a quarter (22.5%) of four to five-year olds are overweight or obese.

Obesity is linked to conditions like diabetes - and with obese children more likely to become obese adults, prevention starts at an early age.

The Change4Life campaign is urging parents to get ‘sugar smart’ and control their children’s intake, releasing a short film about the dangers of eating too much sugar.

A ‘sugar smart’ app has also been developed so parents can see how much sugar there is in everyday food and drink by scanning the barcode of products.

Kent County Council’s director of public health, Andrew Scott-Clark, said: “We’re encouraging parents across Kent to take up a healthier lifestyle – particularly increasing physical activity - and taking control of their family’s eating habits, including the amount of sugar they consume, to protect them from the potential health risks.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Gravesend Reporter visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Gravesend Reporter staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Gravesend Reporter account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted on a train to Gravesend on Friday night (November 16).

Gardeners across Kent opened their gardens to the public and held private events as part of a Gravesend-based charity’s Glorious Gardens programme.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

Friday, November 16, 2018

The son of a woman last seen more than a month ago, has expressed his family’s gratitude to all those who have helped to search for her.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Councillors claim more people in Kent will feel the effects of climate change if the demands from central government to build “huge numbers” of homes are met.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Now back from recording the second series of All Together Now, Brit School teacher and Bromley local Georg Tormann is now warming up for Christmas with his Beckenham-based choir.

Most read

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Gravesend Reporter e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Gravesend Reporter twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24