Amanda Legro, RD is a registered dietitian at Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree at California State University Long Beach and is now pursuing a Master's Degree in Nutrition Science. She is an active member of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, California Dietetic Association, and Orange County Dietetic Association. Amanda is passionate about educating families on the importance of nutrition for optimizing their health and well-being. She strives to translate evidence-based nutrition research into practical nutrition advice that can adapt to fit a variety of cultures, lifestyles and health goals.
Today, one in three American children and adolescents are overweight or obese – nearly triple the rate in the 1960s, according to the American Heart Association.
In addition, children are experiencing a broad range of health issues that previously weren't appearing until adulthood like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol levels – all of which are high-risk factors for developing heart disease as an adult.
In Sept. 2012, the New England Journal of Medicine published the results of two separate clinical trials both linking the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks with childhood weight gain.
Registered dietitian at Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach Amanda Legro, RD, reveals the results from the clinical trials, why sugary and energy drinks are bad for your child's health, plus good alternatives for you to switch to.