By Dr. Joey Shulman D.C., RNCP
Children are consuming more sweetened drinks in the form of soda and sugary juices than ever before. Unfortunately, it is evident that this trend is one of the major contributing factors to the growing number of overweight and obese children. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) now estimates there are approximately 17.6 million overweight children under the age of five!
A recent study appearing in the Journal of Pediatrics from Cornell University found that children who drank more than 12 ounces of sweetened drinks a day gained significantly more weight over a two-month period than children who drank less than 6 ounces a day. Sweet drinks were defined as soda or pop, fruit punch, bottled teas or drinks made from fruit-flavored powders such as grape or lemonade. The study concluded that: