An interesting article I came across.. pretty much backwards of other statistics I have read! Take a look.
A United States study, a report in the National Center for Health Statistics, shows that older children consume more sugar than younger ones do, boys consume more than girls, and white children consume more than black or Mexican-American children. For this study, published on Feb. 29, researchers interviewed subjects about their food consumption over the previous 24 hours. The scientists measured all added sugars — spooned on at the table or used as ingredients in processed and prepared foods like bread, jam, candy and ice cream. Added sugars include white sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, honey, molasses and others, but not sugars in fruit or pure fruit juice.
Non-Hispanic whites consumed the largest percentage of calories from sugar and Mexican-Americans the smallest. Family income made no difference in sugar consumption. Young people got 60 percent of their sugar calories from foods, and only 40 percent from soft drinks. And whether it was from food or drink, they got most of their sugar at home, not at school or elsewhere.
Cynthia L. Ogden, the senior author and an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that added sugars account for 27 percent of the calories in a chocolate chip cookie, 17 percent in a blueberry muffin, 42 percent in sugar-sweetened cereal and 91 percent in a can of cola. The C.D.C. recommends that no more than 5 to 15 percent of calories come from solid fats and added sugars.
Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/20/health/research/us-study-finds-children-consuming-too-much-sugar.html?_r=2 By NICHOLAS BAKALAR