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Studies Show Link of Sugary Drinks to Weight Gain

September 30, 2012
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Children gain weight normally as they grow-up. One-third of the children in the U.S. are overweight or obese.

Two new studies show that reducing the amount of sugar in soft drinks leads to youngsters gaining less weight. In one year, kids who did not drink sugary soft drinks gained only 3.5 pounds, while those who drank the sugary drinks gained 7.7 pounds. Children of Hispanic background had even bigger differences.

When the study was over, the children went back to their normal routines. The difference in weight gains ended.

Advocates say reducing sugary beverages in the diet is good public health policy, leading to potential reductions in obesity and diabetes. Critics point out if you raise the cost of sugary drinks people will still buy them. However, they may take the money from other foods.

New York City recently banned the sale of large sugary drinks in movie theaters and arenas.

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