High intake of salt and sugar-sweetened beverages in children associated with increased risk of obesity

149372_of496-mA study published in Pediatrics has shown that a high intake of salt and sugar-sweetened beverages in children is associated with an increased risk of obesity.  Data from the 2007 Australian National Children’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey was used in this study which involved over 4,200 children aged 2-16.  Children who drank over 1 serving of sugar-sweetened beverages per day had a 26% increased risk of being overweight or obese. Kids who drank sugar-sweetened beverages also consumed around 6.5 g of salt daily whereas those who did not, consumed 5.8 g of salt daily.  What are your thoughts on this study?  How do you encourage your children to maintain a good diet?

For more information, please read the abstract in Pediatrics.

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