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Each additional serving of sugar-sweetened drink increases risk of obesity in 12-year-olds by 60%
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Among children who were about 12-years-old, each additional serving of sugar-sweetened drink increased the risk of obesity by 60 percent, and increased body mass index (BMI) by 0.24 units according to a study by David Ludwig and others at Harvard University.
This was after adjusting for differences in height, diet, lifestyle and demographics. Subjects
Subjects: 548 children, 11.7 years old
The study “enrolled 548 ethnically diverse schoolchildren (age 11.7 years) from public schools in four Massachusetts communities, and studied them prospectively for 19 months from October, 1995, to May, 1997.”
Conclusion: Sugar-sweetened drinks is associated with obesity in children
“Consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks is associated with obesity in children,” the researchers concluded.
Ludwig D, Peterson K, Gortmaker S. Relation between consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks and childhood obesity: A prospective, observational analysis. Lancet. 2001 Feb 17, 357(9255):505-08.
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