The World Health Organization recommends that children and adults consume no more than 10 percent of daily calories from added sugars[i]. It further suggests that a reduction to below 5% of total energy intake per day would have extra benefits. For a child who needs 1,200 calories, 10% of calories equals about 30 grams (about 7 teaspoons) of added sugar daily.
Unfortanately children are consuming far more than what is recommended. An average child 4 to 8 years of age is consuming 20 to 25 teaspoons of sugar every day! That is 2-3 times more than what is recommended.
Kids can reach this limit very quickly. Sugar is in many of the foods and drinks we enjoy everyday inclding breakfast cereals, spaghetti sauce and yogurt. But it is sugary drinks that are the largest contributor to children's daily sugar intake! For example, a single 355 mL can of pop contains up to 40 grams, or 10 teaspoons of sugar. A small juice box contains 5 teaspoons!
Check out the following video for more facts on why we need to encourage our children to reduce sugary drinks, as well as a look at how much sugar is in common drinks.
Water Does Wonders! Know the Facts! (video) - PowerPoint Slides are also available
The following are resources that have been devloped to support the Water Does Wonders Theme in the County of Middlesex. You can download our Support Materials Summary Sheet here.
If you would like copies of these resources for use in your agency, please contact Nadine Devin, Project Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
11"x17" Table Top Display (jpeg)
8"x11" Sugar Detective Sign (pdf) - supports table top display
11'x17' Sign (jpeg) (for display above water fountains)
4"x4" Magnets (jpeg)
Water Does Wonders Ad (jpeg)
4"x'4 Water Jug Labels (jpeg)
Visit the following links to hear more about the importance of encouraging our children to reduce their intake of sugary drinks and how we can support them by creating healthier eating environments:
Introduction to sugar-sweetened beverages & the wonders of water, By Dr. Anita Cramp, Middlesex-London Health Unit
Sugar Sweetened beverages & health: What can we do about it? By Dr. David Hammond, PhD, Associate Professor and CIHR Applied Chair in Public Health in the School of Public Health & Health Systems at the University of Waterloo, and Canadian Institute of Health Research IPPH Trailblazer award recipient
Swimming against the flood: How your world challenges your health. By Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, MD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa, medical director of Ottawa’s Bariatric Medical Institute, & Canada’s renowned advocate for changes in the food environment & national media spokesperson.
[i] World Health Organization. Sugars intake for adults and children. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2015