The American Medical Association wants to see sugary drinks be removed from U.S. government food aid programs.

The nation's largest group of doctors says getting sugary beverages off of the list of foods that are part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will help reduce weight-related health problems. Soda and other sugary drinks make up 58 percent of beverages purchased under the SNAP program.

The AMA says the drinks have been associated with weight gain and potential obesity in children.

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