Teenagers in the UK drink almost a bathtub full of sugary drinks on average a year, according to a new report that sheds light on the extreme sugar consumption of adolescents and children.
Four to 10 year olds are drinking the equivalent of almost half a bathtub full of sugary drinks each year, researchers said.
Adults and young children consume twice the maximum recommended amount of added sugar.
Teenagers eat and drink three times the recommended limit, with sugary drinks being their main source of added sugar, according to the report by Cancer Research UK.
Obese children are around five times more likely to grow into obese adults, and carrying too much weight increases the risk of cancer as well as other diseases.
"It's shocking that teenagers are drinking the equivalent of a bathtub of sugary drinks a year," said Alison Cox, director of prevention at Cancer Research UK.
The UK government's sugar tax will play a crucial role in helping to curb this behaviour, Cox said.
"The ripple effect of a small tax on sugary drinks is enormous, and it will give soft drinks companies a clear incentive to reduce the amount of sugar in drinks," she said.
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