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Int J Obes (Lond). 2005 Sep;29 Suppl 2:S54-7.

Prevention of childhood obesity by reducing soft drinks.

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Bournemouth Diabetes and Endocrine Centre, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Castle Lane East, Bournemouth, UK. janet.james@rbch.nhs.uk

Abstract

AIMS:

The increasing prevalence of childhood obesity is a global problem. There are a variety of environmental factors that may be contributing to this increase. One such factor may be the increased consumption of soft drinks.

OBJECTIVE:

This review will describe some of the latest research that has examined the association between obesity and the consumption of soft drinks.

RESULTS:

The association between the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks and childhood obesity has been established in three separate American studies. It has been found that children who consume these drinks have a higher energy intake and are more likely to become overweight. In adult women, the consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks has been associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes. In the United Kingdom, a school-based initiative focusing on reducing the consumption of these drinks has also been effective in preventing a further increase in obesity.

CONCLUSIONS:

There is an association between obesity and consumption of soft drinks. Initiatives focusing on reducing the consumption of these drinks may help to prevent a further increase in childhood obesity.

PMID:
16385753
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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