A key way to reduce childhood obesity could
involve limiting children’s salt intake, according to a study published in the
January 2013 issue of Pediatrics. The study, “Dietary Salt Intake, Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption, and Obesity Risk,” released online Dec.
10, 2012, tracked the consumption of dietary salt, fluid, and sugar-sweetened
beverages of more than 4,200 children ages 2 to 16 in Australia.
percent of children reported consuming
sugar-sweetened beverages. In this group, children who consumed more salt
consumed more fluid, and in particular more sugar-sweetened beverages; for every
1 gram/day of salt, children consumed 17 grams/day more of sugar-sweetened
beverages. Participants who consumed more than one serving per day of
sugar-sweetened beverages were 26 percent more likely to be overweight or obese.
The study adds to emerging evidence that a reduction in dietary salt intake may
reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, which in turn may lower
childhood obesity risk.
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