Soda, Juice and Childhood Obesity

The copy in this ad says:

How soon is too soon? Not soon enough. Laboratory tests over the last few years have proven that babies who start drinking soda during the early formative years have a much higher chance of gaining acceptance and “fitting in” during those awkward pre-teen and teen years. So do yourself a favor and do your child a favor. Start them on a strict regimen of sodas and other sugary carbonated beverages right now, for a lifetime of guaranteed happiness.

This ad (it’s fake!) would be really funny if the kids were weren’t drinking soda at such a young age.  A September 2009 study in California found that 41% of the kids aged 2-11 were drinking at least one soda or other sugar-sweetened beverage every day.

If your kids consume soda and other sugar sweetened beverages  make sure that they are drinking the healthier alternatives. Click here for a recent article on Yahoo on unhealthiest juices in America.  Remember consumption of sugar sweetened beverages is a key factor contributing to childhood obesity. Children can consume almost 30% of their daily recommended calories through the liquids. Ideas on how to cut down sugar sweetened beverage consumption:

1)     Dilute your juices and other beverages to cut down the sugar consumption. Some of the beverages can contain almost 6-8 teaspoons of sugar!

2)     Drink flavored water. I am a big fan of flavored water. You can buy some from the stores or just make them at home yourself like I do. You can add berries (frozen) to water, or add cucumber and mint, oranges and lemon slices etc to a pitcher of water.

What do you do when your child is at a party and wants to drink soda or beverages?

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