Too many sugary drinks for kids

August 29, 2013

Most kids love sugary beverages, but parents should be mindful of how much of these beverages their kids are drinking. A recent review of studies found that drinking more sugar-sweetened drinks was linked to weight gain among children and adults. The study authors noted that it is especially important to have overweight children reduce their […]

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Soda tax won’t curb obesity, study contends

August 21, 2013

Taxing sodas and other sugary beverages won’t help reduce obesity because consumers would switch to other high-calorie foods and drinks that aren’t taxed, a new study contends. The researchers came to their conclusion after analyzing data on household food purchases made by Americans in 2006. The findings were published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. […]

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Soda size limits could aid fight against obesity, experts say

June 24, 2013

Restricting the sale of large sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages in restaurants and other food service outlets would affect 7.5 percent of Americans each day and have the greatest impact on overweight people, according to a new study. In an effort to fight obesity, New York City’s Board of Health approved a ban on the […]

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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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If you offer it, they will drink it

May 23, 2013

It’s no secret that drinking too much Coke or Gatorade can add inches to kids’ waistlines. But where they get those drinks might make a difference in how much they drink them. A recent study found that children were much more likely to drink more sugar-sweetened beverages if they got them at school or at […]

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Black students drink more soda when available at school

May 21, 2013

By Valerie Debenedette The availability of sugar-sweetened or diet soda in schools does not appear to be related to students’ overall consumption, except for African-American students, who drink more soda when it’s available at school, finds a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. These findings are from a study of more than 9,000 […]

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If soda study is favorable, look for industry $$$

May 20, 2013

By Kathleen Struck A review of published studies investigating a possible link between sugar-sweetened beverages and obesity found that studies funded by the beverage industry were likely to find little evidence that sodas and juices fuel obesity. Among 17 reviews analyzed, four industry-funded studies concluded that the causal relationship between sugary drinks and body weight was […]

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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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Sweet drinks tied to higher calorie consumption in kids

March 20, 2013

Children who drink sugar-sweetened beverages consume more calories than other children and the beverages are the main reason for that higher calorie intake, a new study reveals. In addition, children who drink sugar-sweetened beverages eat more unhealthy foods than other children, the researchers found. Evidence shows that consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages — which include sodas, […]

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