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Sugary Drinks Influence Preschool Obesity

One Sugary Drink a Day Tied to Preschooler Obesity

Five-year-olds who drink juices, sodas, and sports drinks are 43 percent more likely to be obese than those who don’t drink the sugar-sweetened drinks. According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, after accounting for influences like socioeconomic status, preschoolers who drink sugary beverages at least once a day are more likely to be obese than those who drink them less frequently or not at all. Researchers say that kids who drink sugary drinks don't modify their calorie intake by eating or drinking less of something else, because sugar doesn't satisfy kids' appetites.

"Even though sugar-sweetened beverages are relatively a small percentage of the calories that children take in, that additional amount of calories did contribute to more weight gain over time," said Dr. Mark DeBoer, who led the study.

For the project, DeBoer and his team from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville took a national survey of children who were 2, 4, and 5 years old, asking their parents how often they drank sugary drinks and watched TV, periodically weighing the kids. The proportion of tots who had at least one soda, sports drink, or sugar-sweetened juice drink each day ranged from nine to 13 percent, depending on their age.

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Based on the study results, DeBoer suggests parents be aware of where their kids are getting their calories and to stick with water and milk as beverage options.

Source: Reuters
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CoMMember13631190471612 CoMMember13631190471612 3 years
Of course those made up drinks are bad Jessica :( if he wants a milky drink get a small amount of raw cacao powder blend it in a tiny bit of hot water and add milk and a small amount of maple syrup or coconut sugar like half a teaspoon to the size of milk he would be drinking. You can also do this with home made almond milk, or make a sugar free smoothie for him with banana to sweeten and the chocolate a little plain yogurt and milk. I read an article the other day saying the Average American has 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day...that blew my mind!
JessicaThomas1370063804 JessicaThomas1370063804 3 years
My son does not drink soda be may take a drink of mine every now and than but he does love the chocolate nutrition drinks like the pediasure ones and boosts (my grandfather drinks them his fridge is stocked) are those bad as well he only drinks one a day but not everyday?
GabrielOmat1374156675 GabrielOmat1374156675 3 years
This is not the least bit surprising to me. If you give your child a daily soda at any age and most certainly in their younger years, chances are, nutrition is at the very bottom of your priorities. That means everything else those kids are eating is probably crap too.
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