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Sugar-sweetened beverages like nondiet sodas and fruit-flavored drinks can lead to excess weight gain in children, especially when kids drink them between meals.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, soft drink consumption among children has doubled in the last ten years. At the same time, the number of children considered to be overweight has dramatically increased. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) estimates that 14% of children ages two to five are overweight.
So why are kids getting fatter?
More than 17% of children drank sugar-sweetened beverages every day. While the total amount of sugar-sweetened drinks wasn't related to being overweight, children who drank sugary beverages between meals on a daily basis were almost 2.5 times as likely to be overweight by age 4 ˝ than were children who didn't drink sweetened beverages at all. Children from lower-income households who drank sugary beverages between meals were at even higher risk. These children had more than three times the chance of becoming overweight than did children from higher-income families who didn’t drink sugary beverages.
"Given that family environment is key for the development of eating behaviors in later years, the introduction of sugar-sweetened beverages in early childhood is a cause for concern in light of increasing body weights among children," the authors commented in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. They advised, "Parents should be encouraged to limit the quantity of beverages high in calories and sugar because of their propensity to increase weight, and to provide children with lower-sugar beverages as snack choices and to give water to quench thirst between meals and at bedtime."
Tips to fend off childhood obesity
Dubois L, Farmer A, Girard M, Peterson K. "Regular sugar-sweetened beverage consumption between meals increases risk of overweight among preschool-aged children." J Am Diet Assoc 2007; 107: 924–34.
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