Sweetened drinks may cause weight gain

LOS ANGELES A Penn State University research team looked at what 166 girls drank between the ages of 5 and 15. They found higher sweetened beverage intake at age 5 was linked to more body fat during the following 10 years.

Sweetened drinks include sodas and fruit and sports drinks. Those who drank more milk, water and 100-percent fruit juice experienced less body fat and weight gain.

Higher body fat during the teen years has been linked to long-term weight and other health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.

The study is found in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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