Soft drinks linked to weight gain in children

March 8, 2006 in Nutrition for Children and Teenagers, Nutrition Topics in the News

Soft drinks linked to weight gain in children
Researchers from Children�s Hospital Boston report that children who are kept off sugary drinks for 6 months will experience weight loss.

The randomized, controlled trial involved 100 children between the ages of 13 and 18. Half of the participants avoided sugar-sweetened beverages, such as sodas, sports drinks, iced teas and lemonades for the 6-month trial period. The remaining teens were asked to continue their usual eating and drinking habits.

The findings revealed that participants who abstained from sugary drinks had a slight decrease in BMI. Participants who consumed the sugary drinks had a slight increase in BMI. Researchers suggest a single 12-ounce sugar sweetened drink everyday translates into about one pound of weight gain over 3 to 4 weeks.

These findings only add to a growing body of evidence linking sugary drinks with a rise in obesity rates in children.

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