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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