August 5, 2013
Researchers at the University of Virginia are warning parents about the potential harms of giving children too many sugary drinks.
A new study by the UVa School of Medicine suggests that young children who regularly drink sugar-sweetened beverages are more likely to gain excessive weight and become obese.
The study looked at 9,600 children between the ages of 2 and 5, who had at least one serving of a sugary drink every day.
Researchers say the best way to make sure your child stays at a healthy body weight is to stick to drinks with little or no sugar.
"The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends drinking water and milk as the two drink options, and with water being the first option for thirsty children, and that's what we would echo," says Associate Professor of Pediatrics Mark DeBoer.
Researchers say other good habits, like nutritious food, physical activity, and getting enough sleep are also helpful to keeping kids healthy.