Beware the Pot Noodle mums! Third of mothers dread their children going to a friend's house for tea – because they know they'll be fed junk food
One in three mothers dread their children going to friends' houses for tea – because they know they'll be fed junk food and sweets, it emerged today.
Millions worry that classmates or playgroup friends' mothers will skip healthy food and feed them fatty, fast or frozen food, fizzy drinks, cake and ice cream.
Research revealed one in three children had returned home feeling sick from the sheer amount of junk food they had consumed at a friend's house.
Junk food fears: Lorraine Miller mother to Eve, five, Jake, four, and George, one, says she dreads her older children being fed unhealthy food at friends' houses, saying that many times they have come home feeling unwell
A spokeswoman for Kellogg's, which surveyed 2,000 parents to launch Mini Max cereal, said: 'It's the nightmare of many parent – a loss of control over their kids.
'Now it seems British parents are quite literally sick with fear about losing grip on their kid's diets when they're not around.
'One of the big things parents say to us they worry about is the portions their children are given; sure a small bowl of ice cream is fine but a massive portion is another question.
The study found more than one in five parents fear their children are regularly fed fast food at a friends' house, with one in ten claiming children have been given caffeine or glucose-packed energy drinks.
One fifth of mums complain their kids were fed only microwaveable ready meals – with one in ten horrified their child had been given a Pot Noodle.
Fears: Researchers found millions of mothers worry that allowing their child to eat with a classmate means they will miss out on healthy food
It's not only the families of friends who are giving children junk food either.
Something as innocuous as a visit to a grandparent's home fills many parents with dread too, knowing as they do that their children will be given more sweets and treats than they would have been allowed at home.
Lorraine Miller, 29, from Coventry, has three children, Eve, five, Jake, four and George, one, and says her older children regularly return from friends' houses acting in a hyperactive manner.
Lorraine said: 'My older two kids often come back from friends' homes or parties feeling sick or overly excited after overdoing it with crisps, sweets or biscuits.
Unhealthy One in ten mothers say their children have been given Pot Noodles for tea at friends' houses
'They both eat very healthily at home so often aren't used to it – there have been numerous times where they have come home and said they don't feel well or been sick.
'Some parents seem to cook more convenience food and give more sweets and treats than I would and it does make me think twice about letting them go around to other people's houses.
'But I would never say anything to the other mothers. I don't think it would be taken the right way.
'My oldest child Eve is five now and she has started to understand that if she overdoes it with ice cream and junk food then she feels unwell.
'Breakfast is the only meal a day I have complete control over and I always make sure I try and give them a good start to the day before they go to school and at weekends.
'The kids normally have a packed lunch which I make sure is healthy but they have school dinners on a Tuesday because I work.
'I prefer having control over what they are eating and their portion sizes as much as I can.'
'I worry about what they will eat for the rest of the day.'