August 23rd, 2012

Junk Food Linked to Lower Class, More Screen Time

By Rick Nauert
Psych Central

A new study finds that a child’s socioeconomic status, or watching a screen or monitor for more than two hours a days, is associated with a thirst for sugary soda and juice.

Researchers from the University of Alberta surveyed parents to assess the dietary habits of 1,800 preschoolers as part of a larger study on diet, physical activity and obesity.

Investigators discovered that 54.5 per cent of four- and five-year-olds from poorer neighborhoods drank at least one soda per week — far more than the 40.8 per cent of kids from higher socioeconomic backgrounds.

Preschoolers from low-income areas also drank less milk and consumed more fruit juice, which, like soda, is linked to rising sugar intake associated with childhood obesity.

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