Three studies published online in the New England Journal of Medicine underline the impact of sugary drinks and sodas on the growing obesity epidemic and concluded that eliminating such drinks could make a huge difference in the fight against obesity. The first study was a decade-long one that involved over 33,000 Americans found that regularly consuming sugary drinks actually enhances a person's risk of weight gain far beyond what is accrued through heredity alone. Two other studies involved children and teens and found that providing calorie-free alternatives to the sugary drinks could lead to less weight gain in these people. Dr. David Ludwig, director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children's Hospital, who led one of the studies, said that there was no other category of food whose elimination led to such a direct effect on weight loss, "The most effective single target for an intervention aimed at reducing obesity is sugary beverages," he told the Daily Mail. The studies were also presented at an obesity conference in San Antonio on Friday. Source: Medindia << Pharma Summit: Dr Hariawala Stuns Audience With 'Artificial... New Method Offers Hope of Successful Pregnancy for IVF Coup... >> Recommended Reading Obesity Obesity is a condition where there is excess accumulation of body fat which poses a risk to the health of the individual. It can affect children and adults. READ MORE Mantra to Prevent Childhood Obesity – Vigorous Physical Activity Being physically very active is the mantra to prevent pediatric obesity rather than concentrating efforts at restricting energy consumption. READ MORE Carbohydrates and Its Role in Obesity Obesity is a global epidemic with majority of the world's population in developed countries being over weight or obese! READ MORE Battle of the Bulge The ‘battle of bulge’ is the toughest of all battles. Once you put on weight it is so difficult to get rid of it. Here are the best tips to fight off that extra flab. READ MORE Bulimia Nervosa The term ''Bulimia'' refers to episodes of uncontrolled excessive eating, known as "binges," followed by self-induced vomiting or purgation. READ MORE Diet and Nutrition for Healthy Weight Loss Correct diet and a planned exercise regime is the mantra of healthy and sustainable weight loss. READ MORE Diet Pills Diet pills are flooding the market by millions. The positive side of diet pills to most people is that they achieve their objective of losing weight. Medical reviews are against the use of diet pills. READ MORE Hunger Fullness and Weight Control An erratic way of eating or any metabolic disturbance in the hunger fullness signals is one of the major causes of obesity. READ MORE The Cabbage Diet The plausible reason that can be sited is the inherent low calorie property of cabbage. READ MORE Weight Loss Program For Men Maintaining a food diary and keeping a track of what you eat is the best way to keep your weight under check. READ MORE Weight Loss with Hypnosis – Does It Work? Hypnosis indirectly helps with weight loss by altering the consciousness through suggestions and imagery to a more positive state. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Blood Donation - Recipients A-Z Drug Brands in India Drug Side Effects Calculator More News on: Diet PillsThe Cabbage DietBulimia NervosaThe Macrobiotic DietHeight and Weight-KidsWeight Loss Program For MenBattle of the BulgeHunger Fullness and Weight ControlDiet and Nutrition for Healthy Weight LossWeight Loss with Hypnosis – Does It Work?