Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Obesity
The Question: How does the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages influence the weight of children 2-5 years old?
The Study: The researchers analyzed data on 9,600 children 2-5 years old in the Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey, looking at their intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and body mass index (BMI), an indicator of obesity.
The Results: The children who consumed sugar-sweetened beverages on a regular basis were 1.5 times more likely to be obese than children who never or infrequently consumed such beverages.
Comment: This result is similar to what researchers have found for older children-the more sugar-sweetened beverages consumed, the greater the chance of being obese. Parents need to remember that it’s not only soft drinks that contain a lot of sugar; many juices are also loaded with sugar.
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Sagall, R. (2014). Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Obesity. Pediatrics for Parents. Retrieved on September 21, 2017, from http://www.pedsforparents.com/general/103229/sugar-sweetened-beverages-and-obesity/