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Alarming number of kids are slurping down sugary drinks, survey finds

USA Today Sean Rossman

“About two-thirds of kids, if you stop them on a given day, have had at least one soda, fruit juice or sports drink. That’s an average of about 164 calories for boys and 121 calories a day for girls, said a survey released Thursday by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The study found children on a given day consume on average a little more than 7% of their daily calories from sugary drinks, the leading sources of added sugars — such as corn syrup — in American diets. Sugary drinks, studies suggest, are linked to health problems in kids, including weight gain, diabetes and tooth decay. The CDC puts the U.S. childhood obesity rate at 17%, or about 12.7 million people.”(more)

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