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An Overflow of Sugary Drinks and the Rise of "Adult Diseases" in Children
Sheela Magge, MD, MSCE, FAAP
(April 23, 2019)
As a pediatric endocrinologist,
caring for kids as young as 10-years-old with type 2 diabetes and other
diseases once limited to adults, I see the pervasive impact that sugary drinks
have on young people. Children’s lunchboxes are packed with colorful juice
boxes, cartoon characters touting that they are healthy, and teens routinely
report drinking 2-3 12-oz. sodas every day. In fact, children and teens consume
about 17 percent of their total calories from added sugars--well above the
limit of 10 percent recommended in U.S. Dietary Guidelines--and half of those
are from sugary drinks.