Soft drinks not responsible for obesity - study

By Neil Merrett

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Related tags: Soft drink, Obesity

Consumption of soft drinks is not by itself a significant
contributor for rising obesity levels in the UK, according to a new
study.

Research conducted by independent nutrition consultants SiG-Nurture found that increased consumption of soft drinks in UK was not alone a cause for a growing national body mass index (BMI) amongst its children. With government and legislators increasingly cracking down on foods and beverages that are linked to increased obesity in children, the findings could take some of the pressure off manufacturers. The research focused on sugar and soft drink intake from a nationally representative sample of 1,294 children between 7 to 18 years of age. The samples were based on the diet and lifestyle data from each case. Using this data, the researchers found that children with a higher body mass index (BMI were consuming about 300 calories a day more than children with lower body weight. Of this extra energy, researchers led by Sigrid Gibson determined that only five per cent, equivalent to 14 calories, were the result of soft drink consumption. The highest levels of sugar intake - known as non-milk extrinsic sugars (NMES) - from the testing were found generally in children that weighed less, the study added. Though children tested with higher levels of BMI also had a higher calorie intake, linked by the research to ingesting fat and proteins, soft drink consumption was recorded at similar levels to those in lighter children. The researchers concluded therefore, that the study did not find any "specific" role between calorific soft drinks in obesity among young Britons. This acccording to the researchers suggests that overeating and physical inactivity were more significant factors to the increased BMI, then beverage choice. The only correlation found of increased risk of obesity from soft drinks was linked to "very high consumption"​ of the product in the higher weight group of subjects, which boasted an average energy consumption of 870 kJ/day. Source:International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, volume 58, issue 6"Sugar intake, soft drink consumption and body weight among British children"Authors:Sigrid Gibson,Deborah Neate

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