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US: Cut out sugary drinks to fight childhood obesity

Replacing sugar-laden drinks with water has a dramatic impact on the amount of calories children consume, say researchers.  It could reduce the risk of childhood obesity.

They counted how many calories children and teenagers consumed from sugary drinks.  When they substituted some sugary drinks for water, the children did not make up for the “lost” calories by eating or drinking more calories from elsewhere.

Read the abstract: Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

Read more: CBC, 6 Apr 2009

Published on April 6, 2009 in International news