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Randomised trials link sugary drinks to weight gain in children

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 25 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6442

Sugary drinks provide calories without nutrition and without the usual feeling of fullness or satiety. They induce an insulin spike, followed by hunger. But do they cause obesity? Two new randomised trials add to mounting evidence that sugary drinks encourage weight gain in children and adolescents. The first recruited normal Dutch schoolchildren …

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