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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

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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.”

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