boy drinking water from waterbottleA recent study found that one in five American children don’t drink any water at all during an average day. To make matters worse, those same kids are getting about twice the amount of sugar from soda and other sugar sweetened beverages as those who do drink water.

“These results are important because sugar-sweetened beverage consumption has been linked to many negative health conditions for children, including weight gain, dental caries, and type 2 diabetes,” Asher Rosinger, lead study author and director of the Water, Health, and Nutrition Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University, told Reuters.

The study collected data on dietary habits of 8,400 children, averaging 11 years old, between 2011 and 2016.

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