A new exercise scheme which allows teachers and parent to monitor children’s activities throughout the school day is to be rolled out across the country, to help tackle childhood obesity.
Sugar-free and ‘diet’ drinks are often seen as the healthier option, however, researchers from the Imperial College London argue that they are no more helpful for maintaining a healthy weight that their full-sugar counterparts. The research was conducted by academics from Imperial College London, University of Sao Paulo and Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil. They provided a commentary on current research and policy into sweetened drinks. They found that not only were they sugar-free drinks no better from weight loss, but that they may also be detrimental to the environment.
A new study published yesterday has found only a small proportion of children’s pack lunches are meeting nutritional standards. Almost half of all primary school pupils take a packed lunch to school, however researchers from the University of Leeds found that just 1.6 per cent of these packed lunches met the nutritional standards set for their classmates eating in the school canteen.
A study published in the British Dental Journal has found that a rising number of 12-14 year olds are regularly drinking sports drinks. These drinks pose an increased risk of obesity and tooth decay, concluded the Cardiff University School of Denistry survey.
Research reports children aged five are filling up on sugar by eating four times more than the recommended daily amount.
The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents over 370 councils with responsibilities for public health has stated that tap water should be made more freely available, rather than something you have ask for.
A new study from the University of Adelaide, Australia has found that children aged 9 – 10 are receiving almost half of their daily energy requirements from junk food.
A newly launched campaign is aimed at encouraging parents to get “Sugar Smart” and take control of their children’s sugar intake.