This article examines the impact of sweetened drinks and other drinks with calories on the total daily caloric intake of children and adolescents. Sweetened beverages are thought to contribute to rising rates of childhood obesity in the United States.
The authors used data from the 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to assess the beverage consumption of 3,098 children. Beverage consumption was measured by 24-hour dietary recalls on two nonconsecutive days.
Substituting sugar-sweetened drinks with water could result in significantly lower average daily energy intake and, therefore, have the potential to help lower rates of childhood obesity.