British children expected to scoff 17,000 CALORIES worth of chocolate over the Easter bank holiday

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Over the four day Easter weekend, the average youngster will consume over double their recommended calorie intake and 2,000 grams of sugar, according to a survey.

A new study has revealed that British children are expected to eat a whopping 17,000 calories over the long weekend – averaging 4,250 per day.

The belt-busting total is more than double the recommended daily intake for a child aged 7-10.

They will also consume 2,000 grams of sugar - the equivalent of 51 cans of coke or 75 crème eggs - which is 21 times the recommended intake for the four day period.

Charlotte Stirling-Reed, child nutritionist, said: 'These figures are quite alarming and it's easy to see how the numbers can easily add up over an Easter weekend.

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'There are plenty of ways to celebrate family occasions and events such as Easter without over relying on chocolate and sweets.'

The survey was carried out by Wren Kitchens, who surveyed 2,000 UK parents with children up to the age of 15 who celebrate Easter.

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