While consumption of soda and other sugary drinks among young children in California is starting to decline, a new study released today shows an alarming 8 percent spike among adolescents, the biggest consumers of these beverages.

Based on interviews with over 40,000 California households conducted by the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), the study found while only 19 percent of children ages 2 to 5 drink a sugary beverage daily, 65 percent of California adolescents ages 12 to 17 drink sugary beverages daily, up 8 percent since 2005-2007. And 23 percent more are drinking energy and sports drinks every day.

Researchers also saw an increase in certain ethnic groups — 74 percent of African-American adolescents reported drinking at least one sugary beverage a day, a 14 percent increase from 2005-2007.

Researchers say sugary drinks are the largest source of added sugar in the diets of children and adolescents, and a significant contributor to total caloric intake.

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