August 23rd, 2012
Junk Food Linked to Lower Class, More Screen Time
By Rick Nauert
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.