Children 2014, 1(1), 31-39; doi:10.3390/children1010031
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Artificial Sweetened Beverages and Pediatric Obesity: The Controversy Continues

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Received: 4 February 2014; in revised form: 2 April 2014 / Accepted: 15 May 2014 / Published: 28 May 2014
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Abstract: The pediatric obesity epidemic has gathered public and political interest recently. People often choose “diet” or artificial sweetened beverages (ASB) to combat this epidemic, but the obesity incidence continues to rise. First, I review the pediatric studies on the effect of ASB consumption with subsequent food intake. Next, I present pediatric studies of chronic ASB consumption and weight change. Some epidemiologic pediatric studies have supported an association between artificial sweetener use and increased BMI but cannot prove causation. Randomized control trials have provided some evidence of weight loss with ASB ingestion among children, but study limitations may minimize these conclusions. Finally, I summarize the possible mechanisms that may drive potential effects of artificial sweeteners.
Keywords: artificial sweetener; weight gain; obesity; pediatrics
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Freswick, P.N. Artificial Sweetened Beverages and Pediatric Obesity: The Controversy Continues. Children 2014, 1, 31-39.

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Freswick PN. Artificial Sweetened Beverages and Pediatric Obesity: The Controversy Continues. Children. 2014; 1(1):31-39.

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Freswick, Peter N. 2014. "Artificial Sweetened Beverages and Pediatric Obesity: The Controversy Continues." Children 1, no. 1: 31-39.

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