Obesity is a big problem in the world today. Reports indicate that over the last three decades obesity has quadrupled in adolescents and has doubled in children.
Researchers at the University of Manitoba in Canada studied the effects of non-nutritive sweeteners used in artificially sweetened drinks on the unborn child. Using a questionnaire, the researchers sought to find links between the consumption of artificially sweetened drinks during pregnancy and the future body mass index of the child.
Their findings were that the women who consumed artificially sweetened drinks daily predisposed their children to double the risk of being overweight by the age of one year and increase in the BMI of the infant.
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