Additional sugar ups BMI in children: study

The data from more than 4000 children studied over six years in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children showed BMI age-specific scores were associated with daily consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and high fat foods.

With each additional serving of sweetened beverage or high-fat food, BMI z-scores increased by 0.015 units and 0.014 units, respectively.

Maternal BMI was also associated with their children’s BMI, with each additional maternal BMI unit increasing children’s BMI by 0.032.

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