National WIC Association

Fruit juice intake predicts increased adiposity gain in children from low-income families: weight status-by-environment interaction

Faith MS, et al. Fruit juice intake predicts increased adiposity gain in children from low-income families: weight status-by-environment interaction. Pediatrics. Nov 2006;118(5):2066-2075.

The purposes of this study were to test (1) whether increased fruit juice intake and parental restriction of a child’s eating were associated with increased adiposity and (2) whether nutrition counseling reduced adiposity gain in a population of WIC children ages 1 to 4 in New York State. Results indicated that children who were already overweight or at risk of becoming overweight who increased their fruit juice intake were associated with excess weight gain. These findings supported the Institute of Medicine recommendation to reduce juice intake in overweight and at-risk children.

Categories: Nutrition Education