A new survey has shown that Welsh children are ignoring their recommended five-a-day of fruit and vegetables in favour of fatty, sugary and salty foods.
The study by the British Heart Foundation revealed that 94 per cent of children don’t eat their recommended 5 a day. In addition, 28 per cent admitted to eating chocolate, crisps or sweets three times a day or more. Almost half of the children drink fizzy or energy drinks during the day.
Children in Wales are replacing fruit and vegetables with sweets and chocolate
A child’s typical daily diet in Wales includes a packet of crisps, a chocolate bar, a bag of chewy sweets, a fizzy drink and an energy drink, totalling almost 30 teaspoons of sugar and a third of their recommended daily calorie intake.
Victoria Taylor, senior dietician with the BHF, said that Welsh children “are consuming an alarming amount of fizzy drinks, sweets, chocolate and crisps as a regular part of their daily diet.”
34% of children in Wales are now classified as overweight or obese. In Western Europe, around 80 per cent of cases of diabetes are now attributable to weight gain. Problems relating to type 2 diabetes currently cost the NHS £9billion every year, a tenth of its budget.
South Wales-based specialist dietician Sioned Quirke said: “The NHS – in South Wales and elsewhere – is stretched to the limit as it is.
“We are looking at a generation of children growing up to be less healthy than the generation we currently have. We know healthcare will become more stretched than now.”
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