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Evidently it’s not just little girls that are made of ‘sugar & spice and all things nice’

A new campaign has launched encouraging parents to get “Sugar Smart” and take control of their children’s sugar intake.  The Change4Life campaign follows revelations that 4-to-10 year olds consume over 5,500 sugar cubes a year, or around 22kg - the average weight of a 5-year-old.

A new Sugar Smart app has been launched to help parents see how much sugar there is in everyday food & drink. The free app works by scanning the barcode of products and revealing the amount of total sugar it contains in cubes and grams.  Change4Life has created an eye-opening short film to warn parents about the health harms of eating & drinking too much sugar, including becoming overweight and tooth decay.

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