Salt may be a silent contributor to child obesity

The authors, from Deakin University’s Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, said salt may be a silent contributor to childhood obesity and limiting intake may be a useful strategy to tackle the epidemic.

The study analysed data from the 2007 Australian National Children’s Nutrition and Physical Activity survey of 4283 children aged two to 16.

The authors found that 62% reported consuming sugar-sweetened drinks. For every gram of salt consumed per day, the children drank 46g more fluid. Those who reported consuming sugary