Parents are being asked by Public Health Dorset to make a swap when they next shop to help cut down their children’s sugar intake.

Children in England are eating an extra 2,800 sugar cubes a year which is more than double the recommended guidelines.

Sugary drinks, confectionery, biscuits, cakes, desserts, higher-sugar breakfast cereal and higher-sugar yoghurts are all contributing to too much sugar in our children’s diet.

Making a few simple swaps can make a big difference to the amount of sugar children eat.

Jo Wilson, Public Health Dorset’s Head of Programmes said: “In Dorset we have a good record when it comes to healthy weight in children. Based on the National Childhood Measurement Programme, Poole and Dorset have fewer obese children for both reception and year 6 children than the national average. In Bournemouth the rates are in line with the national average for children in reception and lower than England’s average for those in year 6.

“However, we should also remember that too much sugar not only affects healthy weight but can cause painful tooth decay, preventable tooth extractions at hospital and puts children at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. That’s why we’re backing the campaign and asking parents to make a swap when they next shop.”

Cllr Rebecca Knox, Dorset County Council Leader and Chairman of the Dorset Health and Wellbeing Board said: “We are pleased to be supporting Public Health England’s sugar swap campaign.

“It’s important to us that our younger residents have a healthy diet and the best possible start in life.”

For some sugar smart alternatives, visit Change4Life’s website. Parents can also download an app which has access tips, advice and recipes.

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