National school exercise scheme launched to tackle childhood obesity

A new exercise scheme which allows teachers and parents to monitor children’s activities throughout the school day is to be rolled out across the country, to help tackle childhood obesity.

Launched on 31st January, the Health Active Schools System (HASS), has been devised by the children’s activity provider Fit for Sport. It provides schools with reports that chart the activity of individual children on a daily basis.

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Sugar-free and ‘diet’ drinks no better for healthy weight than full sugar drinks

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 than their full-sugar counterparts.

The research was conducted by academics from Imperial College London, the University of Sao Paulo and the 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.

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Children’s packed lunches not meeting nutritional standards

A new study published this week 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% of those packed lunches met the nutritional standards set for their classmates eating in the school canteen. Only 17% contained any vegetables or salad, while 52% contained too many sweet snacks. Continue reading “Children’s packed lunches not meeting nutritional standards”

Children found to be unaware of the health risks posed by sports drinks

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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 Cardiff University School of Denistry.

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UK children eating four times the recommended daily amount of sugar

Research reports children aged five are filling up on sugar by eating four times more than the recommended daily amount.

The study was centered around English schoolchildren, who were found to be consuming an average of 75g of sugar per day (19 teaspoons) with the suggested amount just 19g. Continue reading “UK children eating four times the recommended daily amount of sugar”

Councils call for restaurants to offer tap water to help fight child obesity

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.

The LGA wants the Government to use its upcoming childhood obesity strategy to help encourage restauranteurs to step up and offer parents and children the option of tap water as an alternative. Most restaurants currently only offer this on request. However, licensing rules mean premises selling alcohol are legally required to provide tap water.

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