Teenagers are consuming a bath full of sugary drinks a year, charity warns
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Teenagers drink the equivalent of almost a bath full of sugary drinks every year, a charity has warned. New figures from Cancer Research UK suggest those aged 11 to 18 each drink just over 234 cans of soft drink a year – or one bathtub full. Even toddlers aged between 1.5 and three drink the equivalent of 1.34 cans of fizzy drink every week – or 69.68 in a year, the analysis showed. Meanwhile, those aged four to 10 drink 110.61 cans of fizzy drink per year on average – almost half a bathtub. The new Cancer Research UK data was based on data from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey. It found that adults and young children currently consume twice the maximum recommended amount of added sugar. And 11 to 18-year-olds eat and drink three times the recommended limit, with sugary drinks being their main source of added sugar. Alison Cox, director of prevention at Cancer Research UK, said: “It’s shocking that teenagers are drinking the equivalent of a bathtub of sugary drinks a year. “We urgently need to stop this happening and the good news is that the Government’s sugar tax will play a crucial role in helping to curb this behaviour. “The ripple effect of a small tax on sugary drinks is enormous, and it will give soft drinks companies a clear incentive to reduce the amount of sugar in drinks.”
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