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The Pediatric Forum
February 2001

Hold the Cola Alarm

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Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155(2):201-202. doi:10.1001/archpedi.155.2.199

The article by Wyshak1 seems to favor vigor of elocution over rigor of execution. The article begins with the sentence, "Alarmed by the fact that ‘teens drink breathtaking quantities of soda . . . '"1(p610) The conclusion of the abstract states " . . . national concern and alarm about the health implications of carbonated beverage consumption on teenaged girls is supported by the findings of this study. The results have policy implications . . . "1(p610) Although this study presents an interesting observation, the call for alarm and social policy seems premature and unjustified on the basis of the data presented.

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