Table 2

Age, prevalence of overweight and obese children, and mean number of glasses of carbonated drinks consumed daily at baseline

GirlsBoys
CharacteristicControl group (n=164)Study group (n=156)Control group (n=155)Study group (n=169)
Mean (SD) age (years)8.7 (0.9)8.7 (1.0)8.6 (0.9)8.7 (0.8)
No (%) overweight*(20) 13(19) 13(18) 13(21) 13
No (%) obese*(12) 8(10) 7(10) 7(11) 7
Mean (SD) consumption of carbonated drinks; No of glasses in three days1.7 (2.0);(n=5)2.2 (2.6);(n=77)1.8 (2.0);(n=89)1.6 (2.0);(n=91)
  • * Defined according to 1990 British body mass index centile charts.14

  • Average glass size 250 ml.