Smart Woman: Sugary Drinks Increase Children's Risk for Obesity

Smart Woman: Sugary Drinks Increase Children's Risk for Obesity

New research shows just one sugary drink a day could put preschoolers at risk for obesity.

New research shows just one sugary drink a day could put preschoolers at risk for obesity. Researchers looked at 9,600 young children and found 4 and 5-year-olds who drank one or more sugar-sweetened beverages a day were more likely to be overweight or obese. Sugary drinks include sodas, sports drinks, and fruit drinks that are not 100 percent juice. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting juice to 4 to 6 ounces per day for children 1 to 6 years old. Kids who were in the study that drank sugary drinks were also less likely to drink milk and watched more television.

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