Sugary drinks are a major contributor to the growing problem of childhood obesity. With an alarming number of children and adolescents consuming sugary drinks on a regular basis, it is important to understand the health risks associated with them and how they can be avoided. This video will explore the role of sugary drinks in childhood obesity, as well as provide tips on how parents and caregivers can reduce their consumption.
Key Questions Answered:
- What are the effects of sugar consumption on children?
- How can parents reduce consumption of sugary drinks?
- How can parents help reduce obesity?
The “sugary drink” is a term that encompasses many different beverages. This includes carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks, fruit juices, flavored milks, energy drinks and more. These beverages are typically high in added sugars like fructose, glucose or sucrose. In recent years, studies have shown that these types of drinks may also lead to increased risk for diabetes mellitus by fueling caloric intake and contributing to weight gain.