CADBURY has been slammed over an Easter egg packed with more sugar than a child should eat in 17 days.
The Dairy Milk Crunchie Ultimate Chocolate (570 grams) contains 330g of sugar.
Public Health England says four to six year olds should have up to 19g a day, reports The Sun.
Those aged seven to ten should only eat 24g and adults less than 30g.
Other eggs also slammed for high sugar content include the Maltesers Crunchy Easter Egg plus additional treats (271.5g sugar), Nestle Smarties chocolate egg with Smarties tube (261g) and the Cadbury Dairy Milk with Oreo large Easter Egg with two chocolate bars (195g).
The National Obesity Forum said: “These eggs are a real risk to health.”
A leading psychologist is calling for kids to be denied Easter eggs until they are at least four.
Dr Becky Spelman is calling for age restrictions to be put on larger eggs to stop kids gorging on chocolate.
With a health crisis worsening, and Easter eggs being readily available at cheap prices, Dr Becky believes parents could be doing more bad than good for their kids.
She said: “Easter Eggs should be banned to any child under the age of four”, according to The Sun.
“Easter is the worst time of the year for millennial parents as it’s completely focused on getting a large amount of chocolate treats all at once.
“This is a nightmare situation for parents of this generation as they have no idea how to teach their children to delay their response to cravings.
“This leads children to binge and parents to let them binge as they have no idea how else to deal with the situation.
“Once a child starts overeating behaviour at a young age it’s very hard to turn things around for them in terms of food and their eating habits moving forward, leading to obesity from at very young age.”
She goes on to say, “Easter Eggs should be clearly marked with age restrictions. Larger chocolate eggs need to labelled as ‘not suitable for children below four years of age’ as children below four do not know how to regulate their consumption levels and it could lead to the start of a poor relationship with food.
“Leaving a child below 4 years old unattended with an Easter egg is risky in terms of consumption and how this will start to influence their future relationship with food.”
Recently a concerned mum warned parents about the dangers of children and solid Easter eggs. Read more on that HERE.
Doesn’t it come back to “everything in moderation?” What do you think? Does anyone actually sit and eat one of the big eggs in one sitting? Surely not!
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