Sugary Drinks: Worst Offenders in Fight Against Teenage Obesity
27th March 2014
A new study, published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity found that students in schools where sugary drinks were available consumed them more often and were more likely to be obese on the BMI scale. The study, which backs up recent research finding sugary drinks are the worst offenders in the fight against youth obesity, recommends that schools fully implement healthy eating guidelines to reduce their consumption.
The study of data from the 2008 Adolescent Health survey among 11,000 grade seven to 12 students in British Columbia schools indicates sugary drinks like soda increased the odds of obesity more than other foods such as pizza, chips crisps and sweets.
Mâsse L C et al., Associations between the school food environment, student consumption and body mass index of Canadian adolescents. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2014; 11 (1): 29 DOI: 10.1186/1479-5868-11-29
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