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Dr Hilary issues a major warning to parents about a popular drink kids love


DR HILARY Jones has warned parents to be vigilant about what their children are consuming.

Good Morning Britain’s resident doctor said this morning that children were skipping breakfast and instead drinking energy drinks on the way to school.

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Dr Hilary Jones issued a warning to parents this morning as new data shows children are leaving school obese1 credit

He warned it was worsening the obesity epidemic in the UK.

“So many kids take energy drinks on the way to school instead of breakfast.

“There are so many things we could do, so many strategies to discourage children from relying on these high sugar, high fat foods that cause the obesity problem.”

His comments on this morning’s show come after new data from the National Child Measurement Program was released.

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It revealed that one in five children who start primary school with a healthy height come out overweight or obese.

The program monitors children’s height and weight throughout school in Reception Class and Grade 6.

Other key findings included data that showed boys were more likely to gain weight than girls – thus falling into the severely obese category.

Dr Hilary said the program gives health authorities an indicator of what is happening in society as a whole.

He added that when it comes to children’s health, it is not the education system that is at fault, but what happens behaviorally and socially.

“When you think about it, you are saturated with images of junk food, foods high in sugar, salt, fat, they are everywhere.

“There are clusters of junk food ads around schools, which should be investigated and stopped.”

The doctor said we needed more activities and spaces for children’s activities – which would help the children to stay active.

He added that what is worrying is that one in 50 children who leave school are “severely obese”.

Dr Hilary said it was concerning that so many children were already obese when they arrived at reception and their height continued to increase.

“So at age 11 we have 25% of children who are overweight or obese and that is concerning because there are so many physical and mental health consequences of being overweight in childhood,” he added. .

A leading personal trainer has previously said letting children become overweight is a “form of abuse”.

Nick Mitchell, the founder of global gym company Ultimate Performance, said it’s no different from letting your child smoke or take drugs.

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However, many families are struggling to afford healthy food for their children – amid the cost of living crisis.

Very often frozen processed foods are much cheaper than healthier options.



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