So the papers are full of our kids’ obesity. Do they eat too much junk? Need too many sweets? Don’t take enough exercise?

And are we as parents giving in too much to the ‘can I have this and that?’.

My kids get a sweetie every day after school; but when I was growing up, it really was once a week and I have great teeth to prove it.

So am I failing them in some way by giving them a little bit of chocolate and sugar after a busy day at school as a treat? We also have movie night once a week – popcorn, crisps, sweets – a reward for going to bed, staying in their own bed and for general good behaviour – so again, I am feeding them too much sugar? Email me on 

In a feature in the Daily Record it says…

The Oxford University and British Heart Foundation study found about 80 per cent of five to 15-year-old are not eating the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, while half guzzle soft drinks, chocolates and sweets on a daily basis.

Now the researchers are calling for a return to traditional outdoor activities for children as they revealed a quarter of those aged between two and 15 spend at least six hours being inactive on Saturdays and Sundays.

About one in three (30 per cent) of children and young people are overweight or obese, which can cause problems including diabetes and heart disease. If nothing is done, researchers warn today’s children are at a greater risk of developing coronary heart disease and ending up in an early grave.

But how much activity should children need to do to stay active and healthy?

According to the British Heart Foundation, infants who can walk unaided and young children (up to the age of five) should be active for a total of three hours, spread throughout the day.

Children aged between five and 12 need at least an hour of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity, such as running, skipping or riding a bike, every day.

They also recommend that they take part in activities that strengthen their muscle and bones such as climbing trees or using playground equipment at least three times a week.

Exercise doesn’t have to be continuous, so short bursts of physical activity at different times throughout the day all count towards the 60-minute goal.

The NHS Choices website ( ) offers advice and helpful tips.

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