Media Release

28 June 2013

Industry responds to study showing no relationship between consuming ‘sweet drinks’ and weight after two years.

The Australian Beverages Council, representing 95% of the non-alcoholic beverages industry, has today responded to the recent article in Pediatric Obesity that reaffirms obesity is a complex, multifactorial issue and soft drinks play no greater contributing role than any other factor.

“The study’s sample was 1465 Victorian children and adolescents, and looked at changes in body weight (BMI) and consumption of sweet drink (soft drink, fruit juice and cordial) over a two year period. The authors found no relationship between consumption and weight over a two year period.

”The authors further noted that the results indicate the relationships between consumption and adiposity (weight gain) are complex, and these relationships may be confounded by a range of dietary and activity behaviours. In this study however the authors were not able to confirm a longitudinal relationship with obesity (and consumption) in children and adolescents.

“These results reaffirm industry’s position that soft drinks are no greater contributor to weight gain than any other food or beverage, and all kilojoules matter regardless of the source. Weight gain is caused when more kilojoules (energy) are consumed than what are burnt through physical activity. Sugar-sweetened beverages are not driving obesity and this latest study reaffirms this position” Mr Parker said.

“The industry is committed to providing a variety of products for every lifestyle and occasion.  All of our products can be part of an active, healthy lifestyle that includes a sensible, balanced diet and regular physical activity” Mr Parker concluded.

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Media contact:

Geoff Parker – Chief Executive Officer, Australian Beverages Council

0407 646 195

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