Today’s Teens Running On Empty

sleepy teenagerCurrent research shows that our teenagers are running on empty.  In a recent survey, it was discovered that
• 30% of 16 year olds go more than six hours without food • 24% of teens don’t have energy for after-school clubs • 40% feel under pressure to perform in and out of school
New findings show 24% of teenagers feel they lack the energy needed to take part in after-school activities, according to the nation’s number one peanut butter, Sun-Pat®.
As part of its Spread the Energy campaign, Sun-Pat uncovers the mounting expectations on today’s teenagers to perform. 40% of 16 year olds feel the pressure to do well at school and in after-school activities, while 26% of parents would like their children to be more active.
Despite long days and added stress, teens’ tanks are running on empty. 30% of 16 year olds claim to go more than six hours without food between lunch and dinner, leaving them with low energy and enthusiasm to take part in after-school sports activities.
Sun-Pat is highlighting the importance of maintaining teenagers’ energy levels by launching a fun and sporty competition. 10 winning sports teams will receive £1,000 vouchers towards new sports kit or equipment, with one lucky team getting to meet Olympian long jumper Greg Rutherford. Each winner will also receive a year’s supply of delicious Sun-Pat peanut butter to keep the good energy flowing.
Nutritional snacking is high on any parent’s agenda, though they don’t always have involvement in their children’s choice of snacks. 47% give their teens the freedom to choose their own snacks, yet 60% don’t agree with their food choices.
The survey reveals that 24% of hungry teens would reach for pre-packaged snacks if they needed extra energy. Surprisingly 14% admit they don’t know the best foods to keep energy levels sustained.
Nutritionist Dr. Sarah Schenker comments:  “In real terms, it’s not so much that teenagers lack the energy but that they misread the signs telling them they are hungry. For teenagers with an active lifestyle and restricted traditional mealtimes, embracing the after-school snacking occasion could be the perfect solution to keep energy levels maintained.
“Interestingly, the survey found that almost a quarter of parents (23%) believe snacking still has negative connotations that need to be overcome – which I fully support.  Introducing convenient and nutritious foods can overcome the stigma of snacking and help us all to become more active and healthier.”
For more information, visit the Sun-Pat Facebook page to enter the competition and for tempting Sun-Pat snacking suggestions: www.facebook.com/SunPatOfficial

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