— A new study shows one in four high school students drink soda every day — a sign fewer teens are downing the sugary drinks.

The study also found teens drink water, milk and fruit juices most often which is a pleasant surprise, because researchers weren't certain that was the case.  They were just assuming the worst.  That's sure not the way it is at my house.  Does it still count if it is a diet soda?  How many ounces make 1 soda?  That's less than in the past. In the 1990s and early 2000s, more than three-quarters of teens were having a sugary drink each day, according to earlier research.

The CDC reported the figures Thursday, based on a national survey last year of more than 11,000 high school students. They appear in one of the federal agency's publications, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Consumption of sugary drinks is considered a big public health problem, and has been linked to the U.S. explosion in childhood obesity. One study of Massachusetts schoolchildren found that for each additional sweet drink per day, the odds of obesity increased 60 percent.   I should be checking to see if my to cats are swilling the soda while I am out all day.