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New study reveals kids can't seem to give up sugary drinks. Here's how bad it's gotten.


A new study released by the CDC sheds light on just how many calories and added sugars children are drinking. Spoiler alert:  It's a lot.

Researchers say almost two-thirds of children in the United States consumed at least one sugary beverage on any given day -- and roughly 30% consumed two or more a day -- between 2011 and 2014, according to the study released Thursday.

More on the study

On average drinking two or more sugar-sweetened beverages a day provided more than 10 percent of the total daily calories among the children, said Asher Rosinger, epidemic intelligence service officer at the CDC and lead author of the study.

Current US dietary guidelines recommend consuming less than 10% of your daily calories from added sugars and limiting or removing sugar-sweetened beverages from your diet.

Read the full report here.

Here's how drinking too many sugary drinks can affect your health.

How does too much sugar impact health?

The American Heart Association recommended in a study last year that children should consume no more than about 6 teaspoons, or 100 calories, of added sugar a day.

Excess sugar consumption is tied to weight gain, type two diabetes, cavities and high cholesterol.

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