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Poor Kids And Couch Potatoes Love Sugary Drinks – Canadian Study

August 24, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A thirst for sugary drinks is the common denominator of preschoolers from low-income neighborhoods and couch potato kids mesmerized by TV and video games, according to Canadian research. Researchers who surveyed parents about the dietary and lifestyle habits of 1,800 Canadian preschoolers found that 54.5 percent of four- and five-year-olds from poor neighborhoods drank at least one soda or fruit juice a week. Only 40.8 percent of kids from wealthier neighborhoods drank that many sugary beverages. Similar drinking habits were found among preschoolers who spent more than two hours a day watching TV or playing video games.
Kate Storey et al., "Food Consumption Patterns in Preschool Children", Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, August 24, 2012, © Dietitians of Canada
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