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L.A. County Kids Less Sugary

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Apparently, parents and perhaps more kids in Los Angeles County are getting the message that an abundance of sugary drinks in the diet is definitely not a good thing. The harmful effects are well documented: obesity and hyperactivity, to name a couple. Some studies have even suggested that kids who consume high amounts of sugar misbehave more; and may be more likely to engage in illegal activity.

Any way you look at it, a report just released by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is good news. The statistics show the percentage of children in the county who consumed one or more sugary drinks every day dropped noticeably between 2007 and 2011. The number went down five percentage points from just over 43% to just over 38%. Health officials say that's good, but not good enough.

Here's a breakdown. Kids between 12 and 17 still drink more sugary beverages than any other group. Children five years old and younger drink the least. Latino and black children are much more likely to drink sugary sodas every day while whites and Asian/Pacific Islanders are less likely to overindulge.

As promising as the decreasing numbers are, the fact is, more than one out of every three children in L.A. County chug down one or more sugary drinks a day. And the burgeoning obesity rates in the county attest that there is still a lot of work to do. The drop in sugary beverage consumption is likely attributable in part to legislation back in 2007 which restricts the sale of such drinks on school campuses. Public education campaigns have helped as well. But it's going to take a much greater effort to convince children and adults as well that the absolute best way to hydrate is still good old H2-O.

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