This systematic academic review focused specifically on the role of sugar-sweetened beverages in obesity risk, taking into account energy balance.
Scientific conclusions could not be drawn from the intervention studies that evaluated the relationship between sugar-sweetened beverage intake and obesity risk.
Results of observational studies that examined the relationship between sugar-sweetened beverage intake and obesity risk that were adjusted for energy intake and physical activity were inconsistent for each of the three age groups evaluated (children, adolescents, and adults).
From this review, evidence for an association between sugar-sweetened beverage intake and obesity risk is inconsistent when adjustment for energy balance is made.
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First published in ‘Nutrition Reviews’, Volume 72, Issue 9, pages 566–574, September 2014
Authors: Paula R Trumbo and Crystal R Rivers