Americans consume too much added sugars, study says, and it’s killing us

March 17, 2014

By Karen Kaplan Americans consume too much sugar, and our collective sweet tooth is killing us. So says a study published Feb. 3 by the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. It finds that 71.4 percent of U.S. adults get more than the recommended 10 percent of their daily calories from added sugars in foods and drinks […]

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Mexico, with world’s top obesity rate, raises prices on soft drinks to fight it

October 9, 2013

By Patricia Rey Mallén It is a well-known fact that the United States is the country in the world with the largest obesity rate. But it isn’t anymore. A report by the United Nations revealed that the United States came in second to its southern neighbor, Mexico. The new data, published in July 2013, shows that 32.8 percent […]

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Sugary drinks tied to obesity among preschoolers

August 12, 2013

By Genevra Pittman Five-year-olds who drink sugar-sweetened sodas, sports drinks, or juices every day are more likely to be obese than those who have sugar-sweetened beverages less often, according to a new study. Although the link between sugary drinks and extra weight has been well documented among teens and adults, researchers said that up until […]

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Sugar is sugar: Fruit juice just as bad as soda for kids

June 12, 2013

By Amir Khan Doctors and public health officials have long called for parents to eschew soda, but what you replace it with is just as important. While kids are drinking less soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages, many minority kids are switching to 100 percent fruit juice – which can be just as bad for you as […]

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Sugary drink consumption down among U.S. kids

June 11, 2013

By Kathryn Doyle More evidence that Americans are heeding calls to cut back on sugary drinks appears in a report from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2010, U.S. children got an average of 68 fewer calories per day from sugary drinks than in 2000, according to the analysis in […]

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One sugar-sweetened soda a day boosts diabetes risk

May 1, 2013

By Alexandra Sifferlin All it takes is one can of soda to increase risk of type 2 diabetes by 22 percent, according to a new study. In the study published in Diabetologia, researchers studied diet and drinking habits of about 28,500 people from Britain, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Sweden, France, Italy, and the Netherlands over a period of 15 years. Those who consumed […]

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New federal rules aim to make school snacks more healthful, limit junk food sales on campus

February 4, 2013

Goodbye candy bars and sugary cookies. Hello baked chips and diet sodas. The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make sure all foods sold in schools are more healthful, a change that would ban the sale of almost all candy, high-calorie sports drinks, and greasy foods on campus. Under new […]

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Study examined association between household behaviors, youth BMI

December 28, 2012

This study sought to determine whether children (aged 9–18 years) who live in households that have healthful practices related to behaviors associated with obesity have a lower body mass index (BMI).

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