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Kids’ Sugary Drink Habits Start Early

New government statistics show that despite all the warnings, American children drink sodas and other sugary drinks more often than is good for their health.

“For children, studies have shown that consuming sugary beverages is associated with weight gain, type 2 diabetes and dyslipidemia [high cholesterol], all of which have serious negative downstream health consequences,” said CDC researcher Asher Rosinger.”

“Consumption of sugary drinks — including sports drinks, juices and sweetened coffee — is also linked to heart disease and tooth decay, among other problems, the researchers said.”

“Intake of these drinks is highest among 12- to 19-year-olds, but it’s not clear why. “Our report did not look at parental behaviors, like supervision or attitudes toward dietary guidelines, which may modify kids’ behaviors,” Rosinger said.”

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