Researchers from three different faculties collaborated on the study: Physical Education and Recreation, School of Public Health and Medicine and Dentistry. When they tabulated the results of the surveys, they found that 54.5 percent of children from poorer neighborhoods drank at least one soda per week. That was significantly more than the 40.8 percent of children from wealthier neighborhoods.
One of the study’s authors, Kate Storey, a registered dietitian and assistant professor in the School of Public Health, put that in context:
When you’re looking at that age group, and such a large percentage of very young kids in the study are consuming a large amount of soda, it’s quite concerning.
If you’re drinking a lot of soda and fruit juice, that can displace consumption of water and milk, which are important not just for quenching thirst, but for developing healthy bones and teeth, and health and wellness in general.
One soda a week may not sound like a lot, but the problem is compounded by what happens when preschoolers spend more than two hours per day watching TV or playing video games. More “screen time” is linked with more sweetened beverages.
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