Soda is Linked to Obesity

Soda is linked to obesity, new reports show. But is it necessary to cut out soda altogether? Watch to find out!soda-can_001A new report shows evidence of a strong link between obesity and drinking soda.

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research has released a report based on a 2005 survey. It’s called “Bubbling Over” and includes a study of roughly 48,000 California residents of all ages.


Twenty-four percent of the adults said they drink at least one soda or sugar-sweetened beverage every day. The figures among younger people are higher. But the research shows that these adults are 27 percent more likely to be overweight or obese.

The report offers several recommendations on how to help curb obesity by reducing soda consumption. Suggestions include removing sugary drinks from vending machines, selling more healthy beverages at public events and putting a surcharge on unhealthy beverages like soda. The revenue, the report said, could benefit obesity prevention programs.

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Twenty-four percent of the adults said they drink at least one soda or sugar-sweetened beverage every day. The figures among younger people are higher. But the research shows that these adults are 27 percent more likely to be overweight or obese.

The report offers several recommendations on how to help curb obesity by reducing soda consumption. Suggestions include removing sugary drinks from vending machines, selling more healthy beverages at public events and putting a surcharge on unhealthy beverages like soda. The revenue, the report said, could benefit obesity prevention programs.


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