Age, race and gender influence kids and teens beverage choices

nd so little milk in particular. This is a concern not only for future bone health, but also because other research has shown that calcium rich dairy products may be important in reducing the risk of hypertension--a serious condition that is more prevalent in African-Americans."

Among younger children, soft drinks are a second or third choice
"Among the beverage alternatives, carbonated soft drinks are the second or third choice of young children, depending on race. On average, young boys and girls drink 6.6 oz. and 6.2 oz. of carbonated soft drinks per day, which represents about 4 percent of total daily energy intake. These data are consistent with previously reported USDA findings. This amount of caloric intake might easily be balanced with even a modest level of physical activity during recess, physical education classes at school, or after-school activity programs.

During adolescence, milk consumption falls, becoming the second most consumed beverage (on a gram basis) following carbonated soft drinks. Older teens tend to drink more carbonated beverages, fruit drinks, and citrus juice, and less fluid milk and non-citrus juice. White adolescent boys, in particular, are heavy consumers of most beverages, including carbonated soft drinks, milk, and fruit drinks; on average, they drink the equivalent of about 1.8 (12 oz.) cans of carbonated soft drinks per day, compared with 1.0 and 1.2 (12 oz.) cans for African-American and Hispanic adolescent boys, respectively."

No link between soda consumption and overweight
"It is important to point out that our study showed no statistically significant association between age- and gender-specific BMI and regular carbonated soft drink consumption, but there is a positive association between BMI and diet carbonated soft drinks. In other words, there was no relationship between obesity and regular soft drink consumption but overweight children drank more diet soft drinks.

Contact: Jeff Nedelman
Strategic Communications

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