Weight gain in children has no association with sugar-sweetened beverage consumption

June 13, 2008

An analysis of 12 recent studies indicate that there is virtually no link between the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and weight gain in children and teens. The meta-analysis is published in the June issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

"My co-authors and I carefully analyzed 12 studies using scientifically validated methods and found that there is virtually no association between sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and weight gain in children and teens," Dr. Maureen Storey said. "In fact, the evidence strongly suggests that reducing or eliminating sugar-sweetened beverages would have almost no impact on children and teens weight. While other investigators have reached other conclusions, our findings are consistent with three recently published review articles that concluded that the evidence that adolescent consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages leads to weight gain is 'weak or equivocal.'"

Weight gain occurs when an individual consumes more calories than he or she burns – the source of the calories is irrelevant. The beverage industry is already working to educate children about the importance of calorie intake and voluntarily implemented National School Beverage Guidelines which remove full-calorie soft drinks and provide more low- and no-calorie beverage options in schools. In addition, the beverage industry supports daily physical activity and recess for students across the country.

"Sugar-sweetened beverages are a source of energy and energy consumption in excess of energy expended will lead to weight gain. Sugar-sweetened beverages should be consumed in moderation and as part of a balanced diet and active lifestyle," Dr. Storey said.

Source: Strategic Communications

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5 / 5 (1) Jun 13, 2008
Lead author has an apparent conflict of interest.

"Respected Scientist Dr. Maureen L. Storey Joins the American Beverage Association as Senior Vice President for Science Policy"

"The non-alcoholic beverage industry employs more than 211,000 people and produces annual U.S. sales in excess of $105 billion. It manufactures a variety of beverage choices, including soft drinks, diet soft drinks, bottled waters, water beverages, 100 percent juice, juice drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks and ready-to-drink teas."


Carbonated beverages sweetened with high fructose corn syrup most certain DO impact pancreaatic insulin secretion and influence weight gain among sedentary induhviduals who use 'sugared soft drinks' to boost flagging energy and attention during the day.

I hope the press catches this and comments.
not rated yet Jun 14, 2008
Obviously in a country with "ethics" these people would all be shut down, only in America would such criminal greed and corruption make crooks a profit and be published and republished by mindless fools.

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