Soft drinks may up risk of childhood obesity

June 1, 2005 in Nutrition for Children and Teenagers, Nutrition Topics in the News

Soft drinks may up risk of childhood obesity

Researchers have found that the more soft drinks kids drink, the more likely they are to be obese. In fact, every additional can of soda consumed per day increases the risk of obesity by up to 60 percent. After an extensive review of articles examining the relationship between soda and obesity, researchers at Ohio State University and Columbus Children's Hospital found that on average, teenagers drink two cans of soda every day. Each can of soda is equivalent to 10 teaspoons of sugar.

Soda remains the biggest source of added sugars, which make up approximately 20 percent of total daily calories for children. Experts recommend that people get no more than 10 percent of their daily calories from added sugars.

Additional research suggests that too much soda can decrease the intake of important vitamins and minerals in children

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