While health officials have long suspected the link between obesity and soda consumption, new research provides the first scientific evidence of the potent role soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages play in fueling California's expanding girth.
In their landmark study, Bubbling Over: Soda Consumption and Its Link to Obesity in California, researchers from the UCLA Center for Healthy Policy Research and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy discovered a strong correlation between soda consumption and weight.
- Adults who drink a soda or more per day are 27 percent more likely to be overweight than those who do not drink sodas, regardless of income or ethnicity
- Over 10.7 million Californians over the age of one drink one or more sodas per day
- 41 percent of children (ages 2-11), 62 percent of adolescents (ages 12-17) and 24 percent of adults drink at least one soda or other sugar-sweetened beverages every day
"The science is clear and conclusive: soda is fueling California's $41 billion a year obesity epidemic," says CCPHA Executive Director Dr. Harold Goldstein, an author of the research brief. "We drink soda like water. But unlike water, soda serves up a whopping 17 teaspoons of sugar in every 20-ounce serving."
Can you imagine trying to eat 17 teaspoons of sugar?!