Sugar Filled Drinks Culprit of Obesity Doctors Say

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 4:56pm

UPDATED: Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 8:50am

IT'S A PART OF MANY PEOPLE'S DAILY DIET....IT'S THE NORM, A SODA OR A ANOTHER SUGARY DRINK ONCE A DAY OR MAYBE WITH EACH MEAL AND EVEN IN BETWEEN...

RESEARCH SHOWS THE NUMBER ONE CONSUMED CALORIC ITEM IN AMERICAN IS SUGARY DRINKS.

THESE VERY DRINKS CONTRIBUTE TO A THIRD OF AMERICAN CHILDREN AND TEENS BEING OVERWEIGHT IN PART DUE TO THEIR SUGAR PACKED BEVERAGE CHOICES.

"ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS WE SEE HERE IN THE CLINIC IS OBESE CHILDREN AS EARLY AS TWO YEAR OLD AND UP. SO IT STARTS WITH CHILDREN WHO ARE OBESE AT AN EARLY AGE, " SAYS PEDIATRICIAN, DR. MARSHA GRIFFIN.  

AND IN MOST CASES IT FALLS BACK ON THE FAMILIES LIFESTYLE AND DIETARY CHOICES.

I CAN TELL YOU A STORY ABOUT TWO PARENTS THAT CAME IN YESTERDAY....
ITS ALWAYS SHOCKING TO ME WHEN I ASK A PARENT WHAT ARE THEIR FIRST WORDS, YOUR BABY IS LIKE 18, 15 MONTHS AND WHAT ARE THEIR FIRST WORDS, SHE SAYS MOMMA, DADDA AND COKE," SAYS DR. GRIFFIN. 

DR. GRIFFIN SAYS UNFORTUNATELY THIS IS THE NORM.

"ONE FATHER THAT CAME IN, HE WAS GIVING HIS TWO CHILDREN A BOTTLE AND IT WAS FANTA ORANGE JUICE AND I SAID THIS IS REALLY NOT HEALTHY AND HE WAS LIKE WELL, IT'S FANTA," SHE EXPLAINED.  

SHE BELIEVES IT'S ALL TIED TO THE LACK OF EDUCATION, PARENTS SIMPLY DON'T KNOW WHAT'S APPROPRIATE FOOD AND DRINK FOR THEIR CHILDREN, BUT ON A POSITIVE NOTE, SHE SAYS MANY OF HER PATIENTS PARENTS ARE VERY RECEPTIVE TO MAKING DIETARY CHANGES, INCLUDING BEVERAGES, FOR THE BEST INTEREST OF THEIR CHILD.

ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS THEY RECOMMEND NO SUGAR, NO JUICE, AND ONLY LOW FAT MILK FOR CHILDREN OVER TWO.. AND WATER.

SHE OFFERS THIS VERY SIMPLE PIECE OF ADVICE...

"I RECOMMEND 5-2-1-0, FIVE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, TWO HOURS, NO MORE THAN TWO HOURS IN FRONT OF THE SCREEN, AT LEAST ONE HOUSE OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND ZERO SUGAR DRINKS," SHE ADDS.  

SHE SAYS THAT HER OVERWEIGHT PATIENTS WHO HAVE DROPPED THE SUGAR DRINKS HAVE SEEN GREAT IMPROVEMENT IN THEIR WEIGHT LOSS JUST BY ELIMINATING SUGAR FILLED DRINKS.

"THIS EFFORT TO REDUCE OBESITY IN OUR COMMUNITY HAS TO BE ABOUT THE WHOLE FAMILY," SAYS THE DOCTOR.  

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