New App Will Let Parents Regulate Children’s Diet
In England, parents are being encouraged to take charge of their children’s diet by using a new app that has just been recently released.
The public health bosses at the East Sussex County Council have become concerned that many of the children were negligent in eating their foods, where these have failed to reach the recommended daily amount of sugar during breakfast alone. Because of this, there is now an initiative to promote the Be Food Smart app; this is now a part of the Change4Life Campaign. The app is designed to give parents an idea on the amount of sugar, salt, and saturated fat found in foods and drinks, which will let them see how much of these are being consumed by their children.
To make the app more enticing for parents to use, the app has been made available for free. This can scan the barcodes of products, allowing its user to compare brands so that parents could get to choose the best options. It also allows for some extra dose of fun where family members could have food detective activities.
According to Cynthia Lyons, the current acting director of public health, the Be Food Smart app will take some of the stress off from parents when it comes to choosing healthier foods and drinks for their kids. Additionally, this she say will be a great way to identify foods that harm children such as those that contain high amounts of salt, saturated fat, and sugar.
In East Sussex alone, about 22.6% of children aged four to five and 32% of children aged 10 to 11 are obese or overweight. With the information that families can get from the app, Lyons hopes that this would tackle the obesity problem in children.
Aside from the app, a program health improvement grants for schools will be funded by the public health, with the intention of making children and younger people healthier.