Sugary drinks and weight gain

A systematic review paper has provided further evidence that sugary drinks consumption is associated with obesity in children and adults.

The review examined 17 prospective cohort studies and 3 randomized controlled trials (RCT) in children and 9 prospective cohort studies and 1 RCT in adults. This included studies from Europe and the United Kingdom.

Results from studies in children

Almost all (94%) prospective cohort studies in children found a positive association between intake of sugary drinks and body weight. Higher sugary drinks consumption was associated with a higher body weight. RCT’s in children showed an effect of sugary drink consumption on body mass index (BMI).

Results from studies in adults

All studies reviewed in adults found a positive association between sugary drinks consumption and a higher body weight.

For more information on sugary drinks take a look at our sugary drinks infographic and our tips for reducing sugary drinks intake

Posted: 11/01/2018 12:30:29 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Adults, BMI, Children, Sugary drinks, Weight


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