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May
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Consumption of artificial sweetened beverages linked to risk of early childhood overweight

Findings in the population-based CHILD birth cohort suggest that consumption of artificially sweetened beverages during pregnancy is associated with higher infant BMI and an increased risk of infant overweight at 1 year of age. Compared with no consumption, daily consumption of artificially sweetened beverages was associated with a 0.20-unit increase in infant BMI z score and a 2-fold higher risk of infant overweight at 1 year of age. The infant birth weight remained unaffected, suggesting that consumption of artificially sweetened beverages influenced postnatal weight gain rather than fetal growth. The study is published online May 09, 2016 in JAMA Pediatrics.