A too sweet day in the life of an average teenager or how we’re slowly killing our kids

December 15, 2007

Tom (15 years old) is in Junior High. Here’s a list of what he eats on a typical day, followed by the teaspoons of sugar in each item:

For breakfast Tom had:

2 Pop Tarts® – 9

For locker break between classes:
1 chocolate bar from the vending machine – 5

Tom brought his lunch to school:
1 ham sandwich – 0
1 can pop (355 mL) – 10
1 bag chips – 0
1 package of gummies – 6

After school he had:
Sunny D® drink (12 oz/355 mL) – 13
ice cream (1 cup/250 mL) – 7
3 Oreo Cookies® – 3

Tom’s family went out for supper. He had:
2 cheeseburgers – 0
large french fries – 0
supersize pop (32 oz/1 Litre) – 28

Later in the evening, just before bed, Tom had:
1% milk (8oz/250 mL) – 3
chocolate cake, 1 medium piece – 5

How many teaspoons of sugar did Tom eat in one day? – 89 teaspoons (1 7/8 cups)
How many of these did Tom actually see as sugar? – 0 teaspoons

Source: Sugar Shocker education resource kit (PDF) from Capital Health, a Canadian public-sector health organization associated with the University of Alberta. http://www.capitalhealth.ca/NR/rdonlyres/
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Sugar+shocker.pdf

Sugar
Granulated……………………2 1/4 cups………………..1 lb.
http://www.angelfire.com/bc/incredible/weightmeasure.html

6 Responses to “A too sweet day in the life of an average teenager or how we’re slowly killing our kids”


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  2. sweetrosie Says:

    I’m not surprised at the amount of sugar – just that there wasn’t any in the cheeseburger or the chips🙂
    Thank you for a very interesting post.

  3. Eileen Says:

    If the bread on the ham sandwich and the hamburger bun were white (and not unrefied whole grain) bread, then he was getting even more sugar, since refined grains cause the same high insulin response as refined sugar.


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  5. Rachel Smith Says:

    I’m in 6th grade, and even I know that more than 15 teaspoons of sugar a day slowly kills you. You know why? Because there was not a strong enough nutritional substance in ANYTHING he ate exactly on that day. And your protein, minerals, etc. slowly fade away because he had nothing of the kind on that day. So everything he needs in order to continue the muscles he had nothing of.

  6. annierichardson Says:

    Dear Rachel,

    You are one very smart 6th grader! Thank you for bringing us this additional, helpful information. Annie


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