Sugary drinks: Legislative measures may not be at hand, but parents can act
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The idea that sugary soft drinks are bad for all of us, and especially for children, is nothing new. Even diet soda is widely viewed as a key contributor to obesity and other detrimental conditions. More recent evidence shows those Gatorade-type sports drinks aren’t any better, and many juice products are less actual fruit juice than corn syrup and water.
But with the incidence of childhood obesity continuing to grow, physicians groups are stepping up their call for help in reducing the amount of such drinks children and teens consume. Monday, a joint report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association recommended governments at all levels take action to make it harder to sell such drinks to children.