Magazine article Work & Family Life

Experts Weigh in on the Sugared Drinks Debate

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Experts Weigh in on the Sugared Drinks Debate

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When New York City health officials banned the sale of supersized sugared drinks in movie theaters and restaurants, critics (and comedians) had a field day-and the beverage industry cried foul. Clearly, nobody likes to be told what to eat or drink and how much.

But there's new evidence that replacing sugared drinks with water or sugar-free substitutes really can slow weight gain in children. And this is important, because one-third of children in the U.S. (and two-thirds of all adults) are overweight or obese.

Recently the New England Journal of Medicine published the results of two clinical trials at Boston Children's Hospital and VU University Amsterdam. Both studies lend credence to the idea that limiting access to sugar-ladened beverages can help reduce obesity among schoolchildren ages 4 to 11 and also among teenagers. …

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