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Soda not main culprit of childhood obesity: study

Quietman ~PWCM~JLA 2012/07/10 18:18:20

As New Yorkers continue to debate a controversial proposal to ban supersized sodas, a new study out of Canada says the link between the consumption of sweetened beverages and childhood obesity is weak at best.


It's the latest study to weigh in on the controversy which has divided the city, with supporters lauding Mayor Michael Bloomberg's initiative to combat rising obesity and others calling the strategy shortsighted.


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The Canadian study, to be published in the October issue of Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, determined that more than the consumption of sugary drinks, the main predictors of childhood obesity among Canadian children were household income, ethnicity and household food security.


But it also found that the intake of sweetened beverages and the risk of obesity indeed played a factor in boys aged 6 to 11.


For their study, researchers examined the relationship between the intake of sweetened beverages like fruit punch and lemonade and data from a cross-sectional Canadian Community Health Survey of children and teens aged 2 to 18 years.


Last week, researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham spoke out publicly against the ban, calling the proposal shortsighted, as their work also found no significant overall effect on weight reduction.



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  • NPC 2012/07/10 18:24:00
    NPC
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    It is more like a lack of proper balanced nutrition and lack of exercise habits.

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  • Space Invader 2012/07/10 19:15:56
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    Soy in baby formula cause fast weight gain in children
  • say what? 2012/07/10 18:57:49
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    Kids used to spend most of their days outside playing and working. Now mostly they just exercise their thumbs.
  • 666_Maggots~I'm a female! 2012/07/10 18:54:37
    666_Maggots~I'm a female!
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    I think stupidity is the leading cause of obesity, but that's just my theory.
  • Zuggi 2012/07/10 18:33:52
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    The problem is that there is no main factor. There are all kinds of contributing factors, and yes sodas are one of them.

    And srsly, you're saying that fruit punch is equivalent to soda?
  • NPC 2012/07/10 18:24:00
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    It is more like a lack of proper balanced nutrition and lack of exercise habits.

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