Are Sugary Drinks to Blame for Childhood Obesity?
Posted October 11, 2012 in Uncategorizedphoto credit: Vietnam Plants & America plants via photopin cc
A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that solving the childhood obesity epidemic may be as simple as replacing sugary drinks with water.
In a two-trial study conducted by researchers at VU University Amsterdam and Boston Children’s Hospital, children were given a sugar-free drink (in place of their usual soda or sugary beverage) every day for a year and a half. Over the course of the 18-month study, the children (ranging in age from 5 to mid-teen) gained less weight than their soda-sipping peers.
The results of the study suggest that perhaps simply putting down the Coke and reaching for the water or juice instead might make a world of difference for those looking to shed those extra few pounds. This study also may prove significant in places like New York City, where laws have recently been enacted to restrict the sale of large sugary drinks. There’s been a lot of backlash from soda manufacturer’s who’ve claimed that there’s no correlation between soda and weight gain. This study might just prove them wrong.
Researchers are quick to point out, however, that although soda may contribute to weight gain, it’s not the only thing. Poor food choices and a sedentary lifestyle can factor in as well.