By: Kristen Hegel
Over the past three decades, the intake of sugary drinks has increased. Soda, energy drinks, sports drinks and fruity drinks are things most people have every day, but a new study shows that consuming these types of drinks on a daily basis is not healthy. In fact, it’s contributing toAmerica’s weight problem, where two-thirds of the population is overweight or obese.
The CDC (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) released a report with findings related to the consumption of drinks containing high amounts of sugar. After surveying 17,000 Americans, researchers found that the average male drank 175 calories per day from sugary drinks, while females drank 94 calories from sugary drinks. Boys aged between 2 and 19 drink a sugary beverage on a daily basis, averaging 273 calories a day. Teen girls consume roughly 171 calories per day on average from the beverages.
“Men drink more than women and teens and young adults drink the most,” Cynthia L. Ogden, an epidemiologist at the CDC’sNationalCenterfor Health Statistics, said. The study also found that 5 percent of those surveyed drink at least 567 calories worth of sugary drinks, over 4 cans of Coca-Cola.
“We’re concerned about sugary drinks because they are the only foods and beverages that have directly been linked to obesity. Reducing their consumption is the perfect place to start to reduce the epidemic,” Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, stated.
The government has tried to take steps towards limiting people’s soda intake, like proposing that food stamps cannot be used to buy sodas and other sorts of sugary drinks. Also, health officials are pushing to pass a bill that will put a tax on soda. Recently, some schools have lowered the servings of sodas and other sugary drinks, while others have completely stopped serving them completely. One may have noticed that many drinks that were once in the vending machines at Fort Mill High School last year, are no longer available because the schools are trying to stop serving sugary beverages.
The intake of sugary drinks has been linked to many health problems like obesity and even type two diabetes. In order to slash obesity rates and improve the overall health of Americans, many health advocates are taking action to lower the consumption of sodas and artificial juices. Improving your health doesn’t mean never drinking a soda again, but drink sugary beverages in moderation and cut back as much as possible.