sodaAccording to Health Day News, there is a high rate of obesity among preschoolers who consume sugary drinks regularly. A study was conducted among United States children to ascertain the mentioned findings. The researchers established that 2- to 5-year old children who consumed sugary drinks routinely had a 43 percent probability of being obese, compared to their age-mates who did not have such drinks. Additionally, the study established that 2-year olds who drank at least a bottle of sugary drinks daily gained more pounds in the next years compared to their peers. These results were reported on August 5th as an addition to the evidence that link regular consumption of sugary drinks to excessive weight gain in older children.

Although the above research study cannot fully prove that beverages account for additional weight, experts have advised parents to choose milk and water for quenching thirst among preschoolers. Although there is no conclusive evidence suggesting that minimal intake of sweetened beverages could prevent obesity, it is advisable to choose healthy calorie sources. Sugar-sweetened drinks are not healthy calorie sources. They do not provide additional nutritional value other than calories. Water serves as a sugar-free source of hydration in children. The same applies to milk, which also serves as a source of calcium, protein, and Vitamin D.

According to Dr. Anisha Patel, the University of California’s assistant professor of pediatrics, some of the factors that influence childhood obesity include physical activity, overall diet and genetic factors. She added that one of the key contributors to obesity include sugar-sweetened drinks. Based on a research conducted by the federal government, United States kids could cut out 235 calories daily if they switched from sugary drinks to water or 100% fruit juice.