Table 4.

Children's Fruit Juice Intakes by Height, Body Mass Index, and Ponderal Index Percentiles at Interview 1*

Growth PercentilesFruit Juice Intake
<12 Ounces/
dayn (%)
≥12 Ounces/
day n(%)
P Value
Height
 ≥1070 (75)10 (83)
 <1023 (25)2 (17).73
 ≥2552 (56)8 (67)
 <2541 (44)4 (33).55
Body mass index§
 <7566 (71)7 (58)
 ≥7527 (29)5 (42).51
 <9081 (87)8 (67)
 ≥9012 (13)4 (33).08
Ponderal index§
 <9088 (95)10 (83)
 ≥905 (5)2 (17).18
  • * n = 105; children 24 to 32 months of age and 100% juice only.

  • Fisher's exact test was used to test for independence of juice intake and each growth percentile; there were no significant relationships, P ≤ .05.

  • Height percentiles derived from National Center for Health Statistics data, calculated for children by gender and age; 28 and 32 months, interpreted as 2.5 years, extrapolated from 2- and 3-year data.

  • § Obesity percentiles from Hammer et al13, BMI ≥75, obese; BMI and/or PI ≥90, very obese.