Melbourne: Children who drink fizzy drinks may be at greater risk of developing heart disease later in life, a new research has suggested.
Researchers of University of Sydney who conducted the study where about 2,000 12-year-olds took part claimed that the children who drank one or more soft drinks each day had narrower arteries in the back of their eyes - a factor associated with increased risk of heart disease and high blood pressure.
The children took part in the investigation by the Universitys Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research.
The Institutes researcher Bamini Gopinath was quoted by an ABC report as saying that the results reinforce the importance of a healthy diet.
This is just another piece of evidence to show that fizzy drinks really arent that good for our children, Gopinath said.
More studies like this would build a strong evidence base to perhaps bring about change in policy and practice and in the way foods are products are marketed or advertised to our children, he said.