New NHS app helping kids choose healthier snacks launches today
AN NHS app that helps kids choose healthier snacks launches today — as it emerged childhood obesity rocketed during the pandemic.
New figures show two-thirds of parents gave children sweeter and fattier treats during lockdown, fuelling a weight gain epidemic.
More than a quarter of reception-age children are now overweight or obese, rising to almost half of youngsters aged ten to 11.
Former Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle is backing the NHS Food Scanner app, which suggests healthier alternatives when users scan barcodes of favourite snacks.
She said: “As a busy working mum, I find it hard to say ‘no’ to my kids’ demands and often give in to snack pressure — even though I know it’s not good.
“I had no idea some foods were so high in sugar and salt, so it’s great this app gives alternatives.”
The free app previously gave nutritional information on food, but from today it also offers swap suggestions.
A survey on parenting site Netmums found two-thirds of members often worry about how healthy their children’s snacks are — and nearly 90 per cent said they needed help to make better choices.
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Dietician Dr Linia Patel said: “We know that parents find it really hard to find healthier snacks for their kids, especially if they’re fussy eaters.
“The Food Scanner app is a fun way to get kids involved in choosing healthier foods they’ll love.”
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