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British children eat twice as much junk food as Americans

Published on 25/06/2010
A shocking new study has revealed the extent to which British children are putting their health at risk by gorging on junk food.

Figures from research company Datamonitor has revealed that the country's youngsters are getting fat at almost twice the rate of their US counterparts as they eat double the amount of unhealthy sweet and savoury snacks.

Currently, more than one in three British children aged five to 13 are overweight or obese.

According to Datamonitor, this figure is set to soar over the next few years at an annual rate of 2.1 per cent until 2014.
In comparison, the US yearly rise in childhood obesity is predicted to be a far smaller 1.3 per cent.

On average, British children enjoy £372 worth of sweets and chocolates each year, more than double the amount of Americans of the same age.

In addition, spend on savoury snacks in this country is put at £73.24, compared to £39.51 in the US.

A recent study found that the number of deaths in the UK as a result of obesity has doubled in the past ten years.
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