It's a long-debated issue: Are sodas and other sweet drinks the smoking gun in the case of childhood obesity? Those who advocate that schools and other public institutions remove soda vending machines from their grounds certainly think so, but industry insiders say it isn't so. So what's the verdict? A study by the Children's Hospital Boston and the Harvard School of Public Health says it is true — children who consume more sugary drinks have higher body weights. In fact, the researchers found that average weight increased with every daily serving!
How could a soda cause so much trouble? Previous studies suggest the brain doesn't "register" calories from beverages in the overall daily intake. So because of these sugary drinks, children can easily consume 500 to 1,000 extra calories per day in liquid form — on top of their normal daily intake. Do your kids a favor: Stock the fridge with bottled water instead of soda and artificial fruit drinks, and explain to them how those empty calories add up to extra pounds and health risks. The sooner they can break the sugar habit, the better!
They may throw little fits at first ... my DS sure puts up a fight but in the end I know I'm bettering his & my health for it so all the whinning is worth it.