British children ‘getting fatter at twice the rate of American youngsters’

Figures published on Thursday found British children spent an average £372 on sweets and chocolates every year, equivalent to about 850 Mars bars.
The research, from Datamonitor, an independent research company, found American children spent just £150 per year on similar treats.
More than one in three British children aged five to 13 are already overweight or obese.
But that figure is forecast to shoot up by 2.1 per cent a year through to 2014, far higher than the 1.3 per cent annual rise expected for the U.S.
It found the average amount spent on savoury snacks, such as crisps, was £73.24 in Britain compared to £39.51 in America. British children were also found to eat more ice cream, ready meals and sugary breakfast cereals.
More than 2.3 million children in Britain are estimated to be overweight or obese and many under-12s already show signs of high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes and liver disease.
– News Story


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    Ammara said,

    isnt american sweets cheaper though?

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