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New studies link sugary drinks to obesity

Dec 17th 2013 at 10:30 PM

sugary drinksNew studies confirm what has been warned: the refreshing, fizzy and sugary drinks are one of the main enemies of not only the health but also the figure .

The consumption of such beverages, which does not hydrate, is closely linked to the expansion of overweight and obesity , proper to our era and the Western world, mainly.

Well, the journal The New England Journal of Medicine has published the results of other three studies related: in all cases reached the same conclusion, that these drinks are harmful , especially to those with genetic predisposition.

The first of the work focused on the analysis of more than 33,000 people in the United States , a country where the obesity rate now exceeds 30 percent of the adult population. From this it emerged that sugary sodas act on genes affecting the weight and increasing the predisposition to gain weight.

The other two studies focused more on children and adolescents . One of them, as in Holland, taken as a sample of 641 small between 4-11 years, with a normal weight . The half of them regularly drank a quart of sugary fruit drinks while the other half drank the same amount, but sweetened with sweeteners.
After 18 months, the first group had increased an average of 7.36 kilos of weight , while the second, 6.39 kilos on average.
The third and final work was conducted by Children's Hospital Boston and had the participation of 224 adolescents were overweight or obese, and reached the same conclusions: the group consuming sweetened beverages increased twice as much weight than the other not had this habit.
The truth is that this reality requires a greater awareness by the population , and for that urgent action from the relevant authorities, as highlighted in the editorial of the magazine in question.

Since the World Health Organization, the number of obese people in the world has doubled between 1980 and 2008 : according to current figures, there are about 500 million obese people in the globe, representing 12 percent of the world population .

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