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Don't Blame Sodas for Kids' Obesity

November 05, 2001

Trudy Lieberman deserves a junk science award for the misleading article "Got Soda? Why Kids Drink Less Milk" (Oct. 15). She childishly exaggerated about "zillions of empty calories" in soft drinks and claimed soft drinks are keeping kids from drinking milk.

A recent study by Georgetown University researchers reported the average teenager consumes only about one can of soda a day--hardly enough to keep kids from other beverages. Many researchers report lack of exercise as the key factor in childhood obesity. Lieberman is not helping the situation by distracting parents with bogus information.

STEVEN MILLOY

Potomac, Md.

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