A mother has come under fire after revealing on TV that she doesn’t let her children have any sugar – not even birthday cake

One mother has spoken out about the dangers of children consuming sugar, during a debate on Good Morning Britain about obesity.

Nutritionist, Tonia Buxton, appeared on the show where she revealed that her own children were banned from eating sugary foods.

She went on to say that they weren’t even allowed to enjoy a slice of birthday cake at a party, shares The Mirror.

The mother-of-four argued that sweets are as addictive as cocaine and would only leave youngsters craving another “hit”.

She said: “Sugar has the same effect on the brain as cocaine. It’s a hit and once [children] have it, they go crazy, they’re running around. Then they come down and they want more.

“You’re better off not having any, and then having something that’s better for you.”

Tonia argued that in today’s society people no longer need to eat sugary foods to survive, as there were so many other healthy options.

Mom says – As with anything, moderation is the key!

Share your comments below.

  • If her child is brought up without eating sugar then the cravings won’t happen in adulthood. This young person will live a very great life.


  • I agree that sugar is unhealthy and addictive. I also agree that moderation is the key and you can always opt for healthier sugars at home. Outside our home we can’t keep our kids on the line as little doggies, they will go crazy when let loose.


  • This child is going to seriously over indulge as an adult


  • I bet her kids sneak lollies from their friends while their mum isn’t looking


  • Give them sugar in moderation and don’t overdo it. Like anything they will try it eventually. I couldn’t deprive my kids from trying birthday cake. That would make them more interested and cause more problems.


  • Wow, that’s a tough stance. Her choice but… I imagine it isolates her child in certain situations where they just want to fit in. A little bit, or in moderation, or on special occasions… !!!


  • Come on no birthday cake that’s very extreme


  • A bit over the top, sure it’s bad and addictive but it is a treat and controlling how much you and your kid do consume is the main factor but don’t take that away all together. Not fair


  • That sugar is addictive, I think is clear. But from this to forbid the kids to have any sugar at all, it sound a little exaggerated to me.


  • I think this is a little crazy. I’m all for reducing obesity, and I don’t overload my kids with unhealthy food. But I do like them to have to occasional treat. One day her kids will grow up and taste sugar for the first time and have a huge binge and may end up obese anyway.


  • This lady seems well intentioned but I think she is being too extreme. Her children might crave sugar all the more if it is denied them. I agree with comments here that moderation is the answer.

    • Exactly! Forbidden foods sometimes become sought after foods!


  • Uh huh. I guess the glucose her kid needs for brain function is the devil too? Afterall, it is a sugar.

    Agree with MoM- everything in moderation!


  • I agree with mom everything in moderation.


  • Moderation in all things is ok including the consumption of sugar. Seems rather sad to me not to have a birthday cake! :( Sometimes when children do not get certain foods they over compensate in the teen/early adult years.


  • If you keep it to treats I think you’ll be fine. They can want to eat sugar all day, you’re the parent. Just say no.


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