Cork study links childhood obesity and sugary drinks

According to the Cork Children’s Lifestyle Study young children who consume sugar-sweetened drinks are significantly more likely to be overweight or obese.

The study consisted of more than 1,000 school children aged 8-10 years old in Cork city and county and found that 80% of them consumed sugary drinks. Obese children consumed 30% more sugary drinks than normal-weight children. Researchers also reported that consumption of one additional can of soft drink per day was associated with an average increase in a child’s body weight of 1kg.

This research is in line with other recent research which links consumption of sugary drinks with weight gain in children. safefood are currently in the middle of a childhood obesity campaign and one aspect which is being promoted is replacing sugary drinks in the diet with healthier alternatives.

Posted: 08/10/2015 11:33:20 by Laura Keaver


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