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AAP: soft drinks and schools don't mix.

An American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement in the January 2004 issue of Pediatrics calls on schools to stop selling soft drinks and start providing healthier alternatives such as real fruit juice and water. Easy access to sugary foods and drinks is part of the obesity problem in the United States, where 15% of children aged 6-19 are overweight. Sugared soft drinks also contribute to dental cavities and enamel erosion.

The statement advises doctors to educate not only their patients but also school administrators about how sugared soft drinks can impact health. It also notes that the rise in children's soft drink consumption is leading to less milk consumption, which could jeopardize the formation of maximal
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Title Annotation:The Beat
Author:Dooley, Erin E.
Publication:Environmental Health Perspectives
Date:May 1, 2004
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