Childhood obesity – Soft drink consumption not a major contributor
Most children and youth who consume soft drinks and other sweetened beverages, such as fruit punch and lemonade, are not at any higher risk for obesity than their peers who drink healthy beverages, says a new study published in the October issue of Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.
The study examined the relationship between beverage intake patterns of Canadian children and their risk for obesity and found sweetened beverage intake to be a risk factor only in boys aged 6-11.
“We found sweetened drinks to be dominant beverages during childhood, but saw no consistent association between beverage intake patterns and overweight and obesity,” says lead author Susan J. Whiting. “Food and beverage habits are formed early in life and are often maintained into adulthood. Overconsumption of sweetened beverages may put some children at increased risk for overweight and obesity. Indeed, boys aged 6-11 years who consumed mostly soft drinks were shown to be at increased risk for overweight and obesity as compared with those who drank a more moderate beverage pattern.”
The authors determined beverage consumption patterns among Canadian children aged 2
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Dr. Anil Singhal MDChildhood obesity – Soft drink consumption not a major contributor
by Dr. Anil Singhal MD ( Author at Obesity2020.com )
Posted on June 22nd, 2012 at 10:13 am.
Last updated on August 27th, 2012 at 7:16 am.
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Keywords: Metabolism, Nutrition, Overweight, Soft drink