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Primary Care

Preventing childhood obesity by reducing consumption of carbonated drinks: cluster randomised controlled trial

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 20 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1237

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Explanation of result for non caloric carbonated drinks?

Is there a working explanation for this result in view of the non
caloric carbonated drinks?

I have had a personal interest in this concept for some time. For
example, what explains the negative impact of carbonated beverages with
seborrheic dermatitis? Clearly this is a systemic effect.

I offer the thought of investigating the possible effect of surface
disruption of the oral and gastric surfaces by the carbonation and what
the consequences of this even may be.

I have some additional thoughts but I'll leave it at a general
concept at this point.

Kenneth B. Peterson MD
Internal Medicine

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 August 2004
Kenneth B. Peterson MD
Medical Director at a disease managment firm.
SHPS, 14770 N. 78th Way, Scottsdale, AZ, 85258, USA