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Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Weight Gain in 2- to 5-Year-Old Children

There has been much attention lately on the negative effects of sugary drinks. The research has shown them to be a source of excess calories and unhealthy weight gain. However, up to this point the research has focused on older children and adults. With similar results - results that might be a little shocking to parents of very young children - new research shows children aged just 2 to 5 experience the same negative effects. Data collected on close to 10,000 children shows sugary drink consumption in 2 to 5 year olds has substantial negative effects on their unhealthy weight gain, contributing to obesity at this very young age. Researchers were so taken with their findings, they concluded, "Pediatricians and parents should discourage SSB (sugar-sweetened beverage) consumption to help avoid potential unhealthy weight gain in young children. From a public health standpoint, strong consideration should be made toward policy changes leading to decreases in SSB consumption among children."

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Pediatrics. Vol. 132 No. 3; September 1, 2013.