Little Kids And Sweet Drinks

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

Starting off as a little kid with lots of sweet drinks may lead to weight problems later. At the University of Virginia, Mark DeBoer saw evidence in national survey data on 9,600 children who were followed at ages 9 months, and 2, 4 and 5 years.

“Children who consumed sugary drinks regularly were more likely to be overweight and obese at age 5.”

DeBoer says weight went up over time with the amount of sugar, and was quite noticeable at 4 and 5.

DeBoer recommends kids get water and milk, but not sugar-sweetened drinks. He also notes that keeping kids active helps to control weight.

The study in the journal Pediatrics was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

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