Sugar’s not very efficient at making you fat, is it?

The average five-year-old consumes the equivalent of their body weight in sugar in the course of a year, health officials have warned.

One in five children is overweight or obese by the age of five

24 thoughts on “Sugar’s not very efficient at making you fat, is it?”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    Those little mini-Mars Bats weigh about 36 grams. According to the company, they contain about 20 grams of sugar. Assuming your average lard-ar$ed five year old weighs 20 kilograms.

    The little buggers are eating the equivalent of a 1000 of those bars a year? Three a day? I suppose it is possible.

  2. “Over the course of a year, a child aged between four and 10 will consume around 5,500 sugar cubes – or three and half stone – the average weight of five year old, PHE said.”

    Note the subtle change in comparison.

  3. “We’re getting desperate,” warned health officials. “It’s not easy to re-package our scary stories into tabloid click-bait in order to scam more taxpayers money out of this government. If we don’t get more money we’ll be reduced to re-cycling old stories instead of making up scary new ones.”

  4. I remember when plaque was conquered, so they had to invent tartar to scare us into spending more money. Toothbrushes used to work fine, then they had to scare us into spending money on vibrating toothbrushes. When that market was saturated they now say we have to have rotating brushes. I predict in a few years they’ll be saying rotating brushes are crap and you need to use ultrasonics.

  5. They had a spokeswoman from PHE on Radio 5 this morning who explained that “most of a child’s sugar intake comes from the food and drink they consume”.

    Only most?

  6. There was a story in the Daily Mail t’other day that said “scientists” had proved that you’re more likely to eat dessert if you’re served by fat waitresses. I presume that’s the “passive” part, and fat people will soon be outside with the smokers.

  7. Electric toothbrushes are far superior to manual, well in my opinion anyway.

    What matters is your tooth brushing technique, not whether the brush is electric or manual. That said, I prefer electric: it’s just easier.

  8. The average five-year-old consumes the equivalent of their body weight in sugar in the course of a year, health officials have warned.

    One in five children is overweight or obese by the age of five.

    Ergo, consuming your weight in sugar each year doesn’t make you fat!

  9. As any fule kno you only gain weight if you don’t burn off the calories. Personally if I consume too much sugar I will gain weight simply because it’s easier to ingest excess sugar calories than what I would be able to in say, 64oz steak.

  10. So Much For Subtlety

    Gamecock – “Second hand sugar?”

    Evil dealers are hanging around school yards trying to persuade children to snort the stuff.

    Liberal Yank – “Personally if I consume too much sugar I will gain weight simply because it’s easier to ingest excess sugar calories than what I would be able to in say, 64oz steak.”

    I am not sure of the logic of that sentence, but I must say that I have never had the slightest problem ingesting excess calories from a good, well aged, properly cooked steak.

  11. @ SMFS
    I suspect he has difficulty cooking a 64oz steak properly if he’s using an American “grill”. I prefer to roast a 4lb joint of sirloin

  12. Electric toothbrushes tickle my nose so badly I can’t use them.

    I should probably stop sticking them up my nose.

  13. Simple, really – one in five children is eating five times its weight in sugar – the other four aren’t eating any. Then it all makes sense.

  14. Theophrastus: we had toothbrushing lessons in Infant School with those purple tablets to show the plaque. Don’t kiddies get taught staying-alive lessons nowadays?

  15. Are electric toothbrushes for brushing teeth? I’d always presumed they were for woman to inlude viberators in their holiday luggage whilst avoiding sniggers during a security check

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