Average child will receive £56 worth of Easter eggs and consume 8,000 calories of chocolate this weekend

The average child will receive £56 worth of chocolate eggs or presents and will consume 8,000 calories this Easter, a survey reveals.

The poll showed the average parents spends £25 on their child, while other family members and friends spend a further £31 on Easter gifts for children.

And children will normally receive an average of eight Easter eggs, which would equate to 8,000 calories if the average children’s egg contains 1,000 calories.

Most children eat all their treats over four days, the survey showed.

Alongside chocolate eggs, the next most popular gifts are money, other forms of confectionary and toys.

And grandparents, aunts and uncles and family friends are the main people giving Easter gifts after parents, the poll found.

The news comes after recent research found that a third of children in England are now classed as overweight or obese. 

As part of the survey, researchers surveyed 2,118 British adults with one child aged 10 or under to find out their spending habits in the run up to Easter.

It found 78 per cent of parents said they always purchased Easter eggs or gifts for their child or children, and usually spent an average of £25 per child.

Almost 60 per cent of the respondents also said that their children were bought Easter gifts by friends or relatives, to the value of £31 per child.

Almost half of parents (43 per cent) said, aside from chocolate eggs, they gave money as a present over Easter.

Two fifths (41 per cent) said they gave other confectionery while more than a third (36 per cent) gave toys.

Almost a quarter (22 per cent) gave craft items while more than a tenth (13 per cent) gave something other than any of the categories listed above.

The poll revealed that the 8,000 calories most children will eat in four days over Easter exceeds the recommended intake.

This was before taking into account any meals or drinks the children may also eat over the four days.

However, 27 per cent of the parents admitted they had intercepted some of the edible gifts bought for their child for Easter.

They said eaten them before their youngster even knew they had them.

This was not including any of the eggs that the parents said their children were given earlier in the poll, suggesting that the average amount of chocolate or gifts bought for each child could have actually been higher.

The survey was carried out by vouchercloud.com.