Sugary drinks tied to obesity among preschoolers

Aug. 5, 2013, Reuters

By Genevra Pittman

Five-year-olds who drink sugar-sweetened sodas, sports drinks, or juices every day are more likely to be obese than those who have sugar-sweetened beverages less often, according to a new study.

Although the link between sugary drinks and extra weight has been well documented among teens and adults, researchers said that up until now, the evidence was less clear for young children.

“Even though sugar-sweetened beverages are relatively a small percentage of the calories that children take in, that additional amount of calories did contribute to more weight gain over time,” said Dr. Mark DeBoer, who led the study at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Continue reading

Slimmer future for heavy kids who get help early

Oct. 29, 2012, Reuters

By Frederik Joelving

Weight-loss programs can help even very young children slim down, and it appears that acting early may improve the odds of success, according to a pair of new studies.

“What they are showing is a pretty consistent trend that if we were to intervene early, we could really have an effect on changing the trajectory of weight gain in children,” said Dr. Elsie Taveras, a pediatrician at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, who co-wrote an editorial on the findings. Continue reading