Sugary Drinks Linked to Increased Genetic Risk of Obesity

September 22, 2012
by Shannon Pettypence


Sugary soda may increase the effect of genes putting people at risk for obesity, according to one of several studies analyzing how the drinks influence weight gain.

People genetically predisposed to obesity were more likely to gain weight from the beverages than those without the traits, according to the study, published yesterday in an New England Journal of Medicine edition that focused on the issue. Other research showed that sports drinks were associated with added pounds among adolescents and that switching to a diet soda from a sugary one may help kids control their weight.


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