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Preschoolers who regularly consume sugary drinks, such as sodas and fruit juice, may face an increased risk of becoming overweight, concludes a study published this month in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The study, which examined nearly 11,000 preschoolers from low-income families in Missouri, found that sugary drinks had little impact on the weight of normal-weight or underweight children. But it found that children who were already overweight or at risk of becoming overweight were twice as likely to remain or become overweight if they consumed one to three sugary drinks a day.

Vol. 24, Issue 23, Page 16

Published in Print: February 16, 2005, as Preschoolers’ Health

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