Opportunities to reduce children's excessive consumption of calories from beverages

Ryan K. Rader, Kathy B. Mullen, Randall Sterkel, Robert C. Strunk, Jane M. Garbutt

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Objective. To describe children's consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and 100% fruit juice (FJ), and identify factors that may reduce excessive consumption. Design. A total of 830 parents of young children completed a 36-item questionnaire at the pediatricians' office. Results. Children consumed soda (62.2%), other SSBs (61.6%), and FJ (88.2%): 26.9% exceeded the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommended daily FJ intake. 157 (18.9%) children consumed excessive calories (>200 kcal/d) from beverages (median = 292.2 kcal/d, range 203.8-2177.0 kcal/d). Risk factors for excessive calorie consumption from beverages were exceeding recommendations for FJ (odds ratio [OR] = 119.7, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 52.2-274.7), being 7 to 12 years old (OR = 4.3, 95%CI = 1.9-9.9), and having Medicaid insurance (OR = 2.6, 95%CI = 1.1-6.0). Parents would likely reduce beverage consumption if recommended by the physician (65.6%). Conclusions. About 1 in 5 children consumes excessive calories from soda, other SSBs and FJ, with FJ the major contributor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1047-1054
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Issue number11
StatePublished - Oct 2014


  • Fruit juice
  • Intervention strategies
  • Obesity
  • Practice-based research network
  • Sugar-sweetened beverages

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