NATIONAL DIET AND NUTRITION SURVEY

NATIONAL DIET AND NUTRITION SURVEY REVEALS THAT CHILDREN ARE STILL CONSUMING TOO MUCH SUGAR

On 9th September 2016 the latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) was published by PHE. The results highlighted that poor eating habits are still a problem for children of all ages, with particularly worrying levels of sugar intake continuing to be the norm for teenagers. Despite much hard work from Government initiatives, such as Change for Life and, of course, from dietitians and nutritionists, the results were still poor. Teamed with the Government’s recent ‘weak’ ‘Childhood obesity – a plan for action’, the results from this survey seem to present a bleak picture for the health of our nation. However, PHE remain upbeat and positive in leading on the Government’s programme to reduce sugar available at retailers and to challenge food and drink manufacturers. PHE also call for increased awareness and implementation of the ‘Eatwell Guide’ in order to address excessive intake of calories and to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, as well as oily fish. www.gov.uk/government/news/young-children-still-exceeding-sugar-recommendation