Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have revealed that children who drink sugar-sweetened beverages actually consume more calories than other children. The study has also linked higher calorie intake in children directly to these sweet beverages. The researchers arrived at this conclusion after analyzing data on 11,000 U.S. children, aged 2 to 18, who participated in national surveys between 2003 and 2010. During this period, children also drank fewer non-sweetened beverages, but consumed more unhealthy foods. "This is concerning because many foods that are associated with higher sugar-sweetened beverage consumption (e.g., pizza, cakes/cookies/pies, fried potatoes, and sweets) are also top sources of solid fats and added sugars; components of the diet that the 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommends Americans should limit," said lead investigator Kevin Mathias, of the department of nutrition at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The study details are due for publication in the April issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Source: Medindia << Radiation Linked to Increased Heart Risk for Breast Cancer ... Significant Rise Observed in Drug-Resistant E. Coli Infecti... >> Recommended Reading Childhood Obesity Childhood obesity is one of the most serious health challenges in the developing countries and needs to be understood and tackled effectively. 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 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 Lifestyle Modification: No Big Deal! Simple and practically possible lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in improving our health status without actually putting much effort. READ MORE Low Calorie Diet Low calorie meals or diet include foods that are high on nutritional content and yet have fewer calories. Updated information about low calorie diet or low calorie foods and its health benefits. READ MORE Why Do We Eat - Nutrition Facts The importance of eating food and the physiological, psychological and social functions of food. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia The Essence of Yoga Indian Medical Journals A-Z Drug Brands in India More News on: Low Calorie DietHeight and Weight-KidsWhy Do We Eat - Nutrition FactsDiet Lifestyle and Heart DiseaseLifestyle Modification: No Big Deal!