Consumption of Sugary Drinks Attributes to Weight Problems among Preschoolers

Consumption of Sugary Drinks Attributes to Weight Problems among Preschoolers

A new research has found that sugary drinks lead preschoolers to gain extra weight. This leads them to have a higher risk of being obese later in life in comparison to those who do not consume sugary drinks.

Higher body mass among four to five year old children is often a result of higher rate of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption, according to Mark DeBoer, MD, of the University of Virginia's Department of Pediatrics in Charlottesville, and colleagues.

The signs of obesity were not seen in two-year-olds, but those who consumed sugary drinks had a greater increase in BMI over a period of next two years compared to infrequent and non-drinkers.

The study was published online in the journal Pediatrics. Parents need to be careful about their children's sugary drink consumption habits, said Keith Ayoob, Ed. D, RD, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

According to him, it is really distressing for a pediatric nutritionist to see that kids are consuming such beverages at such a young age without having any idea about health risks these drinks may pose on them.

"That's not acceptable, and we have to acknowledge that parents are not making some very wise choices about the beverages they're giving their kids. We need to educate and motivate parents to make better choices", Ayoob added.

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