The study determined that children who eat a lot of salty food also tend to down more sugary drinks. That, in turn, might be related to their risk of obesity.
Scientists say the findings raise the possibility that curbing a child's salt intake could end up benefiting their waistlines.
The study in the journal Pediatrics looked at nearly 4,300 children and teens. It found, the more salt children ate every day, the more sugary fluids they drank.
Authors say the best choice is to encourage water as a beverage and limit salt intake.