April 26, 2004
Fizzy Drinks to Keep Kids Fit
Newswire) -- Children need to put down their soda cans, says a
new study published online in the British Medical Journal.
Many experts agree
obesity in children has reached epidemic proportions. Now, researchers
say childhood obesity can be prevented by limiting the amount
of carbonated drinks sweetened with sugar that kids drink.
an education program to six schools in Dorset, England. With these
programs, they tried to discourage the consumption of soda among
children ages 7 to 11.
The researchers looked
at the number of carbonated drinks consumed over a three-day period
and body mass index of children at six and 12 months in intervention
and control groups.
In the intervention
group, consumption of carbonated drinks over the three days decreased
by 0.6 glasses a day. Consumption in the control group decreased
by 0.2 glasses a day.
Even though the reduction
of carbonated drinks was modest in the intervention group, the
percentage of overweight and obese children decreased 0.2 percent
over 12 months. This is compared to a 7.6 percent increase of
obesity in the control group.
The authors say that
their intervention was simple and could be easily implemented
by a health educators working in schools. They say: "Although
our targeted approach was modestly beneficial, other external
influences on children's eating habits and leisure activities
need to be debated widely in society. For most people, obesity
still remains preventable."
SOURCE: British Medical
Journal, published online April 22, 2004
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