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Sweetened drinks: kids at risk for obesity

Posted - Jul. 3, 2003 at 2:40 p.m.

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ROSEMONT, Ill., Jul 02, 2003 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A report in the June 2003 issue of the Journal of Pediatrics suggests soda and other sugar-filled drinks are an important factor in the development of childhood obesity.

The study, conducted by researchers at Cornell University, says children who drink more than 16 ounces of sweetened drinks daily consumed less milk and gained more weight over two months than those who drank fewer than 16 ounces of sweetened drinks a day.

The study, involving children ages 6 to 13, found excessive sweetened drink consumption is associated with a decrease in milk consumption, resulting in higher energy intake and weight gain -- and insufficient intake of protein, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc and vitamin A.

The National Dairy Council produced the study.

Copyright 2003 by United Press International.


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