Sugary Beverages and Overweight Children
Does your child consume four to six sugar-sweetened beverages a week? If so, they are twice as likely to be overweight at 4 years old. Researchers from University of Ottawa followed almost 2,000 children from birth to 4 years of age. Those who consumed sugar-sweetened beverages were twice as likely to be overweight by the age of 4 years old.
You're not just treating your child to a soda or fruit punch, you are also treating your child to a lifetime of obesity. Start serving your child a healthy diet from birth. Habits developed in childhood are often carried on throughout adulthood. Now is the time to teach your child which foods to eat and which to avoid. Avoid sweetened drinks altogether and make candies and other sweets a rare treat. They will be more appreciated and savored and your child will be much better off in the long run.
Click here for more groundbreaking health research. Visit our healthy facts page for more tips from BistroMD's doctor and team of dietitians. BistroMD is a diet delivery company founded by weight loss specialist Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D. BistroMD delivers balanced, gourmet diet meals directly to customers' homes.
(Dubois L, Farmer A, Girard M, Peterson K. Regular sugar-sweetened beverage consumption between meals increases risk of overweight among preschool-aged children. J Am Diet Assoc. 2007 Jun, 107(6):924-34; discussion 934-5.)