Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Sodas on Campouts.....Effects of
Re: Sodas on Campouts.....Effects of
Fri, 30 Oct 1998 08:41:04 -0500
Within the last week or so a news story came out about kids and soft drinks.
I found this one at family.com LOCAL Genesee Valley:
SUGARY DRINKS AND YOUR CHILD'S HEALTH
OBESITY IN CHILDREN may have as much to do with what kids drink as it does
with what they eat, according to a recent report by The New York
Hospital-Cornell Medical Center's Nutrition Information Center.
The report notes a significant rise in soft drink consumption. By 1994, the
average teenager drank 64.5 gallons of soft drinks per year, which is triple
the amount consumed in 1978. On average, 75 percent of teenage boys drank
almost three 12-ounce cans of soda per day, and two-thirds of teenage girls
drank approximately two cans (an added health concern for girls who have a
high consumption of carbonated beverages and a low consumption of milk is
that it may increase their predisposition to osteoporosis later in life).
During the same period, soft drink consumption more than doubled among
children ages 6 to 11, and consumption of non-citrus juices, such as grape-
or apple-based mixes, increased more than 300 percent among young children.
+ACI-This dramatic rise in high calorie beverage consumption among children and
teens occurred during approximately the same years as did the most
significant increase in childhood and adolescent obesity,+ACI- notes the report.
Today, it's estimated that 21 percent of American children and adole-scents
ages 12 to 19 are obese. Factors influencing obesity include genetics, lower
levels of physical activity and the tendency of young children to eat more
meals away from home.
+ACI-Liquid intake seriously impacts the overall diet of American children,+ACI-
says Barbara Levine, Ph.D., R.D., the report author and director of
Cornell's Nutrition Information Center. +ACI-Pediatricians, nutritionists,
parents and care providers need to make every effort to teach children how
to make healthy beverage choices an essential part of a nutritious, well-
Scouters can fall within that last paragraph. Kids don't drink enough
water. More detailed reports can be found here:
It's a little alarming. Don't you agree? I try to limit the amounts my
daughter and son consume. At least when they are in my company.
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