Kids And Empty Calories

October 4, 2010 Updated Oct 4, 2010 at 5:49 PM EDT

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October 4, 2010 Updated Oct 4, 2010 at 5:49 PM EDT

(WKBW/BLOOMBERG) A lot of children are at an increased risk for diabetes and heart disease because of their diets.

Nutrition experts say almost 40 percent of the typical child's calorie consumption comes from solid fat and added sugars.

Researchers say the "empty calories" come mainly from soda, pizza and desserts.

Sugar-sweetened drinks, like soda or fruit drinks, provided nearly 10% of total caloric intake.

Experts say cutting back on these beverages is the first step to reducing heart risk in childhood.

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