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Obesity Society target sugary drinks in statement

A recent study published in JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association) Paediatrics has indicated that sugary drinks may increase childhood obesity levels.

In response to the research, the Obesity Society has issued a statement that recommends children drink fewer sugary soft drinks, including sports drinks and sodas.

The scientific body said that sugary beverages account for six to seven per cent of the calories consumed by people in the US.

The spokesperson for the Obesity Society and the director of the Center for Quantitative Obesity Research, Diana Thomas, PhD, said that she was aware of the increase in child obesity levels and a link between the young being overweight and drinking sugary beverages.

According to Thomas, a review of existing research indicates that sugary beverages have contributed to the increase in childhood obesity levels.

The largest trial conducted was based on 641 children, who were split into two groups. One group did not have any sugary drinks, while the other had one sweet drink a day. The children who had the sugary drinks gained more weight than the other group.

The Obesity Society acknowledges that sugary beverages are not solely responsible for weight gain, but encourage parents to promote a healthy diet.

One way to monitor kids’ nutrition is to encourage a healthy school tuckshop. Teesside is just one area in the UK that is working towards a healthy diet for children by encouraging nutritious alternatives to sugary foods and drinks.

The Obesity Society also advises adults to reduce the number of sugary drinks that they consume or to cut to them out completely.

Posted by Jennifer
April 29, 2014

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