Sodas, sports drinks & juice linked to childhood obesity

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(KPLR) – Obesity rates are soaring in the US. It used to be considered an adult problem, but children are at risk as well.

There's a link between obesity and soda, sports drinks and even juice.

Registered Dietician Jamie Nilson, from SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, stopped by to explain how to help your kids drink healthy.

A new study has found that just one soda, sports drink or juice each day raises a child’s risk of being obese by 43 percent. The more sugary drinks a child consumes, the greater that risk.

Approximately 17 percent of children from 2 to 19 years old are obese.