Study shows students can buy sweet drinks at school

November 2, 2010 2:36:19 PM PDT
Despite all the efforts to rid schools of high-calorie sweet drinks, public elementary students still have access.

A UIC study in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine found, over a three year period ending in 2009, more students could buy sweetened beverages such as sodas, higher fat milk and sports beverages. The majority weren't getting them from cafeterias but instead from vending machines and school stores.

Experts say such drinks are a major source of calories and removing them from schools could help curb the nation's obesity epidemic.