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Sugary Beverages Linked To Obesity In Young Kids

August 5, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Researchers who analyzed survey data from 9,600 children ages two to five found a significant link between a high body mass index (BMI) and drinking eight or more ounces of sugary drinks a day. Two-year-olds who regularly drank sugar-sweetened beverages had larger increases in BMI over their next two years than those who rarely or never drank sugary beverages. Researchers also found that kids who regularly drank sugary beverages drank less milk and watched more television daily than children who rarely or never drank sugary beverages. 
DeBoer et al., "Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Weight Gain in 2- to 5-Year-Old Children", Pediatrics, August 05, 2013, © American Academy of Pediatrics
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