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Sugary drinks in schools increase the risk of obesity in adolescents, study finds

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 26 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2319
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

More evidence that the school environment influences children’s eating behaviour and weight has come from a Canadian study that found that the availability and consumption of sugar sweetened drinks in secondary schools is associated with higher rates of obesity in adolescents.

The study adds support for measures to tackle obesity to include a reduced intake of sugar. Earlier this month the World Health Organization recommended the average daily recommended intake of sugar should be halved to 5% or less of a person’s total energy consumption in …

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