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U.K. researchers say there is an association between obesity and the consumption of soft drinks.
“It has been found that children who consume these drinks have a higher energy intake and are more likely to become overweight,” they write.
They add that in the United Kingdom, a school-based initiative focusing on reducing the consumption of these drinks has also been effective in preventing a further increase in obesity.
“Initiatives focusing on reducing the consumption of these drinks may help to prevent a further increase in childhood obesity,” write the researchers.
—International Journal of Obesity September 29, 2005