Doctors and nurses at St George's Hospital Trust are treating more young people for being overweight, data reveals.

The Wandsworth Times put in a Freedom of Information Request, asking how many 0-26 year olds have been treated at the hospital for being overweight since 2013.

This treatment could be for a number of reasons where the main cause of a problem weight issues.

The data revealed that between 2013-2018, there was almost a 100 percent increase in all age groups. In 2013, the hospital treated one patient, aged 19-26, but by 2018 this number had gone up to 141.

Breaking the figures down by age, there was a 71 percent increase among 0-10 year olds, a 59 percent increase among 11-18 year olds and a 97.5 percent increase among 19-26 year olds.

In 2013, the trust only had one patient treated, however in 2013, they had treated 141 patients in total.

These figures come, after recent news that children have consumed more sugar than the maximum amount recommended for an 18-year-old by the time they turn 10.

Public Health England (PHE) said the average 10-year-old has consumed at least 304lb (138kg) of sugar by the time they reach adulthood.

The data, gathered from household eating habits in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, was released as PHE offers parents tips on how to get youngsters eating less sugar.

The recommended maximum amount of sugar for 10-year-olds is 20-24 grammes a day.

But according to the PHE’s National Diet and Nutrition Survey, children are consuming an average of 52.2 grammes a day, based on consumption from the age of two.

Alison Tedstone, PHE chief nutritionist, said: “Children are consuming too much sugar, but parents can take action now to prevent this building up over the years.

“To make this easier for busy families, Change4Life is offering a straightforward solution – by making simple swaps each day, children can have healthier versions of everyday foods and drinks, while significantly reducing their sugar intake.”

Families are encouraged to look for the Change4Life Good Choice badge on products in shops, and can download a free app to identify lower-sugar options.