image:(Shutterstock)Sweet Snacks Make Children at Risk Sugar Consumption Doubled - Children who ate at least 20 chocolate or chocolate chip cookies in a day can consume up to 73g of sugar, the same amount found in five donuts.
Research conducted by Dr. Modi Mwatsama, from OHA, called on the food industry to reduce the amount of "hidden sugars" to combat diseases associated with sugar, such as obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Included also warned many parents are not aware of their high content of sugar found in sweets which are common.
OHA is an institution comprised of 39 medical colleges and health charities, including the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK and the British Medical Association.
Researchers revealed that sweets make children aged 4 to 10 years of eating at least 54g of sugar a day, twice the daily recommended 24g per day per child. That means it can make about one in 10 children are obese when entering elementary school.
Being obese increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, liver disease and some types of cancer in a child's future.
Dr. Modi Mwatsama, of OHA, said manufacturers have managed to cut the salt in many foods. And researchers asked manufacturers to do the same with sugar.
"Most parents it will never give 20 chocolate biscuits a day for their children, but there is still so much hidden sugar in food and other beverages that are often unconscious parents", said Dr. Mwatsama.
Sarah Toule, from the World Cancer Research Fund, said: "Children who are overweight or obese at risk with 11 types of cancer when they are adults".