Last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a new policy statement
urging physicians to contact schools in their communities and push for the
elimination of sweetened soft drinks there (Pediatrics.
2004;113:152-154). While much of the focus was on the contribution of the
sugary beverages to the obesity crisis in children and adolescents, the document
also highlighted the concerns that when soft drinks displace milk in students'
diets, it potentially sets the stage for fractures and osteoporosis later
Hampton T. Experts Urge Early Investment in Bone Health. JAMA. 2004;291(7):811-812. doi:10.1001/jama.291.7.811