FAMILIES across Uttoxeter are being encouraged to curb their sugar intake – as part of a new national drive to tackle the impact on health.
A report by Public Health England sets out plans to deal with the ‘challenge’ of reducing the amount of sugar people consume - and follows calls from leading health experts for parents to ditch fizzy drinks and fruit juice and offer children water instead.
In Staffordshire, latest figures show almost a quarter of reception aged children are now classed as being overweight or obese and by the time children become teenagers they are typically consuming 50 per cent more sugar than is recommended.
Staffordshire County Council took on the remit of public health in April 2013 and Mark Sutton, cabinet support member for Public Health, said simple lifestyle choices can make a huge difference to the health and wellbeing of Staffordshire residents.
He said: “It is of course about balance, but getting children into good habits early on, by for example offering water with every meal, is something we would certainly recommend.”