Recorded Webinar: Adverse Effects of Dietary Sugars in Children (Part 1)

This is Part 1 of a 2-Part Recorded Webinar Series. Click here to register for Part 2! 

The live version of this webinar took place on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, from 2-3 p. m. EDT.

Dietary sugars have become ubiquitous in our food supply with 70% of packaged foods having some type of added sugar and 80% of foods marketed to children having added sugars. Kids today are consuming not just more sugar but different types of sugar and in different forms including liquid sugar from beverage sources like soda, juice drinks, juices, energy drinks, and more. These added sugars could be any one or multiple kinds from a current list of over 250 different names and types of sugar.

Join Michael Goran, PhD, for a webinar that will translate the many names for sugar, discuss how these sugars adversely affect growing kids, and explain why kids are more vulnerable to these effects. Participants will learn about the negative effects of sugar on the brain, as well as multiple other organ systems that are crucial to good health. Dr. Goran will leave participants with a better understanding of different, every day, family-based strategies that RDs can help clients use to reduce sugar consumption.

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, nutrition professionals will be better able to:

  1. Understand why infants and children are more susceptible to the adverse effects of excess dietary sugars.
  2. Identify over 200 names for and different types of sugar, and the different effects glucose and fructose have on the body.
  3. Review new Dietary Guidelines for sugar in infants and children and explain these to clients.
  4. Examine and develop an improved understanding of how excess sugars in early life can have adverse effects on learning and development, obesity, gut health, and risk for chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, and cardiovascular disease.
  5. Counsel clients on family-based strategies for sugar reduction.

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Dr. Michael I. Goran, PhD is Professor of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He is Program Director for Diabetes and Obesity at The Saban Research Institute and holds the Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Endowed Chair in Childhood Obesity and Diabetes. Dr Goran is the founding Director of the recently established Southern California Center for Chronic Health Disparities in Latino Families and Children.

Dr. Goran is a native of Glasgow, Scotland, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Manchester, UK, prior to his postdoctoral training in the US. He previously served on the faculty of medicine at the University of Vermont, and the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham prior to joining USC in 1999.

Dr Goran’s research has focused on the causes and consequences of childhood obesity for 30 years and has been continuously funded by NIH and other foundations during which he has raised over $75m in funding. He’s published over 350 peer-reviewed articles and reviews. Dr. Goran is the Editor of the “Childhood Obesity: Causes, Consequences and Intervention Approaches” published in 2017, co-editor of “Dietary Sugars and Health” published in late 2014, and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Pediatric Obesity. He is the author of “Sugarproof: The Hidden Dangers of Sugar That Are Putting Your Child’s Health at Risk and What You Can Do,” and he has been the recipient of numerous scientific awards for his research and teaching. Full details on Dr. Goran’s research can be found on his website,

Dr. Michael Goran has the following relevant disclosures to report: he has received grant an research support from the National Institutes of Health and is a stock shareholder in YUMI. The speaker certifies that no conflict of interest exists. View our disclosure policy.

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