Big Soda Plateau

A new report reveals that 2/3 of kids ages 2-19 are drinking nearly 7 times the amount of sugary drinks recommended by pediatricians: One 8-ounce drink a day vs the recommended one per week.
 
Numbers declined significantly between 2004 and 2010 but leveled off in the last seven years and remain higher than recommended. The National Center for Health Statistics reveals that added sugars (including energy drinks, sports drinks, and even some teas and coffees) still make up closer to 13% of peoples’ daily caloric intake, putting them at risk for type 2 diabetes and many other health concerns.
 
Sugary drinks industries have long tried to influence policy-making, and Harvard epidemiologist Walter Willett says, “We protect them from alcohol, tobacco, [and] guns…but not Big Soda which is extremely insidious and cares nothing about the carnage it causes.”
 
Source: Ars Technica

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