Sugary drinks and health risks

How do sugary drinks increase my child's risks for obesity?

Helping your child have a healthy weight and building healthy habits is essential for their future. Overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults.1 A child's likelihood of becoming obese increases by 60 percent with each additional can or glass of sugary drinks they drink a day.2 Sugary drinks can lead to weight gain and obesity because they add calories to a child's diet. Those extra calories are added on top of the calories in the foods they eat. Just like adults, kids gain weight when they take in more calories than they use each day.
1 Office of the Surgeon General. (2007). The Surgeon General's call to action to prevent and decrease overweight and obesity: Overweight children and adolescents. Last revised: January 11, 2007. Retrieved from
2 Ludwig, DS., Peterson, KE., Gortmaker, SL. (2001). Relation between consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks and childhood obesity: A prospective, observational analysis. Lancet. 2001; 357(9255): 505-508.

What are the consequences of childhood obesity?

The following information from the CDC can be found at:

Health risks for obese children now:

  • According to the CDC, childhood obesity can have a harmful effect on the body in a variety of ways. Obese children are more likely to have:
    • · High blood pressure and high cholesterol
    • · Increased risk of type 2 diabetes
    • · Breathing problems, such as asthma
    • · Joint problems
    • · Gallstones and heartburn
    • · Obese children and adolescents have a greater risk of social and psychological problems, such as discrimination and poor self-esteem, which can continue into adulthood.

  • Health risks for obese children who become obese adults:

  • Obese children are more likely to become obese adults. Adult obesity is associated with a number of serious health conditions including:
    • · Heart disease
    • · Diabetes
    • · Some cancers
  • If children are overweight, obesity in adulthood is likely to be more severe.
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