CHOCOLATE bars and sweets in the Uk could be getting a whole lot smaller.
Health officials want kids to consume 20 per cent less sugar by 2020.
Makers must now slash the amount of it in cakes, biscuits, cereals, ice-cream, yoghurts and treats.
Public Health Minister Nicola Blackwood said: “This Government believes in taking a common-sense approach to improving public health and that includes changing the addictive relationship our children have with sugar.”
Health officials have expressed alarm for years about soaring numbers of fat kids across the UK.
Chocolate Bars Shrink A Direct Result Of Obesity
Public Health England’s chief nutritionist Dr Alison Tedstone admitted child obesity was an “urgent problem”.
She added: “Overweight and obese children are likely to carry this health problem into adulthood, increasing their risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. Tackling the amount of sugar we eat is not just a healthy thing to do, but an issue of inequality for many families.”
Chief executive Duncan Selbie said it will cut the number of fat kids by 20 per cent over the next decade.
Mr Selbie said: “Every child is consuming on average three times more sugar a day than the science suggests is good for them.
“I believe reducing sugar in the nation’s diet will be good for health.
“We can’t duck the fact a third of children are leaving primary school overweight or obese.”
As part of the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan, food companies must reduce sugar in key products by 20 per cent compared to levels in 2015.
The measures are separate from the controversial levy on sugary drinks announced last year.
Ian Wright, Director General of the Food and Drink Federation, said: “Obesity levels in the UK are unacceptably high.
“Physical inactivity is a factor, but for many the problem overwhelmingly is with excess calories in the diet.
“With many of these calories coming from sugars, we support the Government’s highly ambitious sugars reduction drive.”