BRIDGWATER'S parents will be encouraged to crackdown on their kids eating and drinking too many sugary snacks and drinks during a new roadshow in town.

The Change4Life roadshow will be in Angel Place on Monday, January 15 and Tuesday, January 16 as part of a nationwide tour asking parents to look for '100 calorie snacks, two-a-day max'.

The charity say this is because half the sugar children consume - which is currently around seven cubes - comes from unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks which lead to obesity and dental decay.

Recent studies show 22 per cent of four to five-year-olds are overweight or obese in Somerset and this increases to 30 per cent by the time children reach 10 to 11 years of age.

During their visit to Angel Place the Change4Life representatives will give families live demonstrations of the new Food Scanner app, which can scan the barcode of products and highlights the calories, saturated fat and salt quantities in everyday food and drinks.

Families will also be shown how to swap to healthier snack options using front of pack ‘traffic light’ labels.

On the day, parents can sign up to Change4Life for additional support and money-off vouchers to help them try healthier snack options, including malt loaf, lower sugar fromage frais, and drinks with no added sugar.

A Change4Life spokesman said: "With selected supermarkets signposting parents to healthier snacks and special offers, including fruit and vegetables, Change4Life is making it easy and simple for the whole family to 'look for 100 calorie snacks, two a day max.'"

Change4Life will be in Angel Place on Monday and Tuesday between 7.30am and 6pm.