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Columbia Researchers Find Sugary Beverages Linked to Obesity in Four and Five Year-Olds

Although sugar-sweetened beverage consumption has been linked to weight status in older children, its effect on preschoolers had been less clear. In the latest study by researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the University of Virginia, results showed that four and five year-olds who drank one or more sugar-sweetened beverages a day were more likely to be overweight or obese. This included soda, sports drinks, or fruit drinks that are not 100 percent juice. The study, “Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Weight Gain in 2- to 5-Year-Old Children,” is online in the journal Pediatrics and will be published in the September 2013 print issue.