Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

VIDEO: 1 in 3 Cornish Schoolchildren Overweight

sugar
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

6:03am 6th January 2015

A quarter of Cornish children are now dangerously overweight by the time they start school.

New stats reveal that has ballooned to almost one in three by the time they leave for secondary.

Health experts say some under tens are getting 50% more sugar packed into their diet than they should.

They warn that leaves them at risk of things like diabetes, heart disease and cancer as they grow up.

Now a new campaign is being launched to try to persuade families to swap sugar-packed food and drinks for healthier ones, four times a day.

People who have tried it have gone from consuming 483g of sugar a day to 287g, saving the equivalent of 49 cubes of sugar.

Russ Moody, from the southwest Public Health England Centre said: “Reducing sugar intake is important for the health of our children both now and in the future. We are all eating too much sugar and the impact this has on our health is evident.

“This campaign is about taking small steps to address this. We know from past campaigns that making simple swaps works and makes a real difference. This year we wanted to be even more single minded in our approach, which is why we are focusing on sugar alone.

“The family challenge highlights that simple swaps could lead to big changes if sustained over time and we’d urge parents in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset to try one more simple swap in January and beyond.”

Cathy Court, founder of Netmums said:  “We know that mums want to provide a healthy diet for their children but balancing a number of competing priorities, including healthy eating, can be tricky. Although sugar consumption is a worry for parents, we understand that taking steps to reduce sugar can be really difficult. 

"We hope that these simple Sugar Swaps from Change4Life will make it easier for parents to reduce their family’s sugar intake.”

6:03am 6th January 2015

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit

Contact Us

If you would like to submit a query or provide more information on this story please get in touch below.

: : Name: Email: Phone number: Message: Images:
Please wait...
  • Up to 3 JPG or PNG images, 2MB max size
  • We will always endeavour to credit you when we publish your pictures.
  • By uploading you are agreeing to this non-exclusive reuse, royalty-free, across all Pirate FM platforms, which extends to our partner broadcasters.
  • You retain copyright to all images.
  • If you would like to send us a video, please upload to YouTube or similar and paste the video URL into the message above.
Suggested articles
sub-station fire

WATCH: Cornish sub-station fire still burning

Crews have been battling the blaze overnight

police officer

Teen pleads guilty after knife incident at Cornish school

13-year-old girl to be sentenced later this month

Most read
storm waves

WATCH: Ex-Hurricane Ophelia bears down on Cornwall

A yellow warning is out for gales of up to 80mph

storm waves

WATCH: Cornwall braces for another storm

Strong winds forecast to hit at the weekend

Top articles

WATCH: Cornwall braces for another storm

Cornwall News: Strong winds forecast to hit at the weekend

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Terry Butcher 'devastated' after death of son Christopher, aged 35

National News: Former England football captain Terry Butcher has said he is "devastated" after the death of his son Chris, aged 35.

UPDATE: Body found on popular Cornish beach

Cornwall News: Police say death at Watergate Bay 'isn't suspicious'

Hitchcock actress Tippi Hedren urges Weinstein victims to speak

Showbiz News: The actress Tippi Hedren, who famously accused legendary director Alfred Hitchcock of sexual assault, has urged today's stars to continue to speak out about harassment they suffer in Hollywood.

Project to rebuild The Gambia after brutal rule

World News: A group of musicians, television producers and filmmakers have launched a project to help re-build The Gambia's shattered economy, following 22 years of brutal rule under the country's former dictator.

Ex-England Women manager Mark Sampson may claim for wrongful dismissal against FA

Sports News: Ex-England Women manager Mark Sampson was given nine months' severance pay and may pursue a wrongful dismissal claim against the FA.

Pole dancing could become an Olympic event

Strange News: Pole dancing has officially been recognised as a sport - and organisers are hoping we could one day be seeing the acrobatic moves at the Olympics.

Newer article

VIDEO: Cornwall News Headlines - 6th January 2015

Cornwall News: From the iron man - to the iron GRAN! See Cornwall’s kick-boxing gran in action - Find out more from the Cornwall Newscentre with Tristan Hunkin.

Older article

VIDEO: Penzance Gran: "I live, eat, breathe my kickboxing"

Cornwall News: 60 year old Sharon Garner says Thaiboxing helped her overcome depression

Pirate Extra Pirate 70s Escape LoveCornwall