Specialists argue that many US kids developed a soda habit, drinking at least one sugary drink per day. A new study revealed that two-thirds of all children in the United States consume at least a soda per day while 30% of US kids consume even two such unhealthy drinks full of sugar. The study was based on data which monitored participants between 2011 and 2014.
The newly developed study was released on January 26 in the National Center for Health Statistics developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Asher Rosinger, an epidemic intelligence service officer at the CDC and also the lead author of the research, stated that a single sweetened drink like soda per day could provide 10% of the total of calories which needs to be consumed by a kid on a daily basis.
The dietary guidelines currently available in the US recommend US citizens to consume less than ten percent of daily intake of calories from sugar-sweetened foods, trying to remove or limit this soda habit so popular among kids and teenagers. Rosinger also claimed that drinking sodas are usually associated with severe problems like gaining weight, dental caries, dyslipidemia or even type two diabetes.
All these illnesses represent the occurrence of serious adverse health outcomes. He noted that this new study is bound to offer the most accurate and recent estimates of a number of calories consumed by children from their intake of sweets and sodas. Rachel Hicks, a spokeswoman for the American Beverage Association, stated that beverage companies in the US are of the opinion that both adults and children should be very careful when consuming calories from sugar.
When developing the new study, researchers had examined information about the consumption of beverages sweetened with sugar among adults and kids in the US starting from 2011 until 2014. They used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Researchers managed to evaluate the number of times adults and kids drank sodas, energy drinks, fruit drinks and sweetened tea and coffee.
Scientists revealed that children with ages between 2 and 19 years old, 61.3% of girls and 64.5% of boys, drank at least one sugar-sweetened drink per day. However, this does not indicate that all those children had exceeded 10% of the total calories intake from sodas.
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