Recent research shows childhood obesity can be prevented by limiting the amount of carbonated drinks sweetened with sugar that kids drink.
Researchers introduced an education program in six different schools in England. With these programs, they tried to discourage the consumption of soda among children ages 7 to 11. Researchers looked at the number of carbonated drinks consumed over a three-day period and body mass index of children at six and 12 months in intervention and control groups. In the intervention group, consumption of carbonated drinks over the three days decreased by 0.6 glasses a day. Consumption in the control group decreased by 0.2 glasses a day. Even though the reduction of carbonated drinks was modest in the intervention group, the percentage of overweight and obese children decreased 0.2 percent over 12 months. This is compared to a 7.6 percent increase of obesity in the control group.
AdvertisementThus researchers say that their intervention was simple and could be easily implemented by a health educators working in schools. Researchers say that their targeted approach was modestly beneficial however they feel that other external influences on children's eating habits and leisure activities need to be debated widely in society.