Doctors in the UK will urge the government to control the sale of fizzy drinks in schools, following similar calls in the US in recent months.
Medical professionals believe that sweetened, fizzy drinks, which often contain high levels of caffeine, too, are contributing to growing levels of obesity.
A study published last week found that such drinks are replacing consumption of milk or healthier options, which results in deficiencies of nutrients such as calcium, phosphorous and vitamin A.
Fizzy drinks are also being linked to obesity, tooth decay, and increasing incidences of diabetes in adulthood.
Doctors will debate the issue at the British Medical Association's annual conference this week, reported the Western Mail newspaper today.