Sugar-Sweetened Beverages are Associated to Obesity in Adults and Children


According to the latest review of the new evidence for sugar-sweetened beverages that refers 30 recent researches released from 2013 to 2015, consumption of such beverages is associated with obesity and overweight in cases of both adults as well as children.

Review has been disclosed in the Obesity Facts journal, which has been written by the authors’ team including a leading author Dr. Maria Luger from the Special Institute for Preventive Cardiology And Nutrition (SIPCAN) in Salzburg, Austria, Dr Nathalie Farpour-Lambert, EASO President Elect, University Hospitals of Geneva, Switzerland and Dr. Maira Bes-Rastrollo from the University of Navarra, Spain and a Spanish public health research institute, Carlos III Institute of Health, Spain.

Researchers followed 250,000 people for an analysis of the study, which later confirmed that the sugary sweet beverages are linked to obesity and overweight in all age groups of human. Among the 30 new researches, 10 were for adults (1 randomized controlled trials and 9 prospective) and 20 were for children (3 randomized controlled trials and 17 prospective).

However, most of all the 30 researches in adults and children showed a positive relation of overweight and obesity with sugar-sweetened beverages, since there was just one group research for children that showed no relation and one randomized controlled trial (RCTs) for adults didn’t demonstrate any intervention effect.

Obesity and sugary sweet beverages association could be affected by other lifestyle and diet factors also. Dr Farpour-Lambert said that, “Associations between SSBs and body weight measures might be affected by other diet and lifestyle factors, but the majority of the prospective cohort studies adjusted for these possible confounding factors including several nutrition and lifestyle factors, and for all, except for one study, a positive association between SSB consumption and overweight/obesity was found. This suggests an independent effect of SSBs.”