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New Studies Cite Stronger Link Between Soda and Obesity: Do You Drink Soda?

Living 2012/09/22 18:04:42
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According to the New England Journal of Medicine's recent study, there is a very strong link between sugar-sweetened beverages (i.e. soda) and America's obesity epidemic. Dr. David Ludwig of Boston Children's Hospital's New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center told the Chicago Tribune there is no doubt what is the greatest cause of obesity in America.

"The most effective single target for an intervention aimed at reducing obesity is sugary beverages." If that is truly the case, there is a big problem. Millions of Americans consume soda. In fact, sugary beverages almost go hand-in-hand when it comes to watching movies and live events. However, steps have been taken to limit soda intake.

Most schools across the country have practically banned soda from students' drink choices during lunchtime. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg helped pass the controversial law that will ban supersized sugary drinks from being sold. And fitness gurus such as DDPYoga founder Dallas Page have gone as far to say soda is the worst thing you can put in your body when trying to stay healthy. These observations and studies may cut into soda companies' profits, but swaying a majority of Americans to stop consuming these beverages could take awhile.


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  • Cat 2012/09/22 20:21:55
    Yes
    Cat
    +5
    I started lessening it. I used too drink 3-5 cans a day. Now I only drink 1-2. I hope to get it down to 0 soon.

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  • Miss Fiona 2012/10/27 21:03:47
    No
    Miss Fiona
    I drink mostly tea and water. I have mango and orange juice sometimes... And milk. But I don't drink soda.
  • ishiqa2426 2012/10/19 06:18:33
    Yes
    ishiqa2426
    I drink it only sometimes
  • TanyaK.Barrett 2012/10/18 05:15:00
    Yes
    TanyaK.Barrett
    Unfortunately i do drink soda and a lot. I am trying to stop as I'm suite that has added to my gaining weight.
  • Ruler 2012/10/13 02:41:03
    No
    Ruler
    That's weird one of my friends is obese and she never drinks soda.
  • HProcks12345 2012/10/11 03:33:42
  • elaine.paiz 2012/10/03 14:23:41
    No
    elaine.paiz
    In middle school I decided to stop drinking pop and switch to juices and tea. Best switch I ever made!
  • Rebekah Jones 2012/09/30 22:27:40
    Yes
    Rebekah Jones
    I do, and I'm not giving it up. You'll have to pry it from my cold, fat, dead hands.
  • ghosiejackson 2012/09/30 13:38:29
    No
    ghosiejackson
    only water and tea~
  • Cuthbert Allsgood 2012/09/28 20:38:44
    Yes
    Cuthbert Allsgood
    If you sit around and drink soda all day, you are going to get fat. The first thing I did when I decided to lose weight was cut out soda. I lost 30 pounds without changing anything else about my diet and exercise.

    Now, I will still have an occasional soda, but treat it more like it should be, a treat. It was never meant to be something to be consumed on a regular, daily basis. That's for water and fruit juices.

    Also, I tend to avoid high fructose corn syrup in products - which is even possible with sodas - but that's more of a political concern rather than a health one.
  • Mellow 2012/09/28 03:51:14
    No
    Mellow
    I stopped drinking soda a long time ago. And in all honesty, I don't miss it. Every once in a blue moon I'll have a soda at a family BBQ, but that's not often at all.
  • mustangluver 2012/09/28 01:35:43
    Yes
    mustangluver
    No doubt about it. I was keeping 10 lbs on me just from soda. When i stopped it, lost the 10 plus 5. Plus i switched over to sweet & low for my coffee.
  • Little Angel 2012/09/27 22:03:57
    No
    Little Angel
    +1
    I have never cared much for Soda...if I have one sometimes it is...
    fresca soda
    I drink lots of water and some tea & coffee. Sometimes I drink fruit juices.
  • Michelle 2012/09/26 17:46:06 (edited)
    No
    Michelle
    Sugar makes you fat??
    sugar fat
  • Tiffiny Sumbry 2012/09/26 17:23:07
    Yes
    Tiffiny Sumbry
    what a shocking story -_- but i barely drink it because koolaid is cheaper and not as sugary and bad for you.
  • retrograve 2012/09/26 16:52:12
    Yes
    retrograve
    My drink of choice.
  • Chris 2012/09/26 15:22:50
  • NoName 2012/09/26 15:03:18
    Yes
    NoName
    IMO any study that ignores a factor of physical activity/lack thereof is missing a huge factor.
  • PortaPocketGal 2012/09/26 14:52:26
    No
    PortaPocketGal
    maybe once every 6 months to a year
  • myerves 2012/09/26 13:52:29
    Yes
    myerves
    TODO EL TIEMPO, ADMITO QUE DEBO IR DISMINUYENDO EL CONSUMO. TRATARÉ DE HACERLO.
  • jesse_saunders_ 2012/09/26 12:27:21
    Yes
    jesse_saunders_
    Love Coke Zero, other than that I don't drink Soda anymore
  • ToxicChili 2012/09/26 09:29:19
    Yes
    ToxicChili
    I use to drink loads, didn't make me fat, but caused other health issues.
    I did completely cut it out for a while, but have let it sneak back in recently :-(

    I don't think soda on its own is to blame for obesity, perhaps people need to look at what they are eating and portion control.
  • Kitty 2012/09/26 08:10:34
    Yes
    Kitty
    Yummmmm :)
  • Ty ~ PHAET 2012/09/26 06:34:42 (edited)
    Yes
    Ty ~ PHAET
    Occasionally, but not as often as I used to. I mostly drink iced tea, juices, lemonade, and water. I drink soda maybe two or three times a week at the most.

    Soda is fine in moderation, but people in America tend to drink it in excess in lieu of healthier options. An even bigger contributor than soda to America's obesity epidemic would be the lack of exercise.
  • Scandalf Ty ~ PHAET 2012/09/26 12:07:07
    Scandalf
    +1
    "An even bigger contributor than soda to America's obesity epidemic would be the lack of exercise"
    I thought sports were highly regarded in the US!
  • Madi 2012/09/26 02:55:48 (edited)
    No
    Madi
    Maybe once a month tops.
  • Michaelene 2012/09/26 02:09:22
    No
    Michaelene
    I can't do caffeine, so no soda, but it's coffee I miss the most.
  • HK5SBR 2012/09/26 01:27:14
    Yes
    HK5SBR
    Drinking a sprite right now, i drink water constantly though. This is my first soda in about a week.
  • The Impossible Girl ✿ 2012/09/25 23:50:32
    Yes
    The Impossible Girl ✿
    I drink pop occasionally, mostly diet though.
  • jimmie 2012/09/25 21:31:13
    Yes
    jimmie
    only on ocasions. Water is my main thing.
  • JimTheGeek 2012/09/25 20:48:26
    Yes
    JimTheGeek
    But I've been gradually weaning myself off of it.
  • ESME 2012/09/25 20:10:16 (edited)
    Yes
    ESME
    I always drink soda :[
  • AngelicMelody888 2012/09/25 19:41:54
    Yes
    AngelicMelody888
    But a reasonable amount, I don't go "star crazy" if I don't have a soda.
  • I<3Edward 2012/09/25 19:35:39
    No
    I<3Edward
    don't like pop....wait, sometimes i have one when i eat a big fat pan pizza...it helps break down my food. okay it should've been yes.
  • TKramar 2012/09/25 18:11:45
    Yes
    TKramar
    +2
    so why aren't I obese?
  • YoursTruly 2012/09/25 17:15:55
    No
    YoursTruly
    +1
    I don't like soda of any kind. I don't like how it feels in my mouth or the taste
  • Rachel 2012/09/25 16:14:32
    No
    Rachel
    I love all sorts of terrible, unhealthy foods, but, at least, soda isn't one of them. I don't like the carbonation (I don't drink carbonated water or champagne, etc either for that matter).

    The only exceptions I make to this rule are for sodas mixed with alcohol, like sprite and vodka, and I do occasionally like a Smirnoff Ice. Still, if other non-carbonated options are available, those are preferential.
  • KCMamabear 2012/09/25 16:05:42
    No
    KCMamabear
    Never. There is absolutely NO nutritional value in soda, it's caustic, poisonous and causes an incredible amount of damage to your body.
  • FatherLiberty 2012/09/25 16:01:09
    No
    FatherLiberty
    Never. There is nothing in it worth consuming, so why would I? I stick to water
  • TKramar FatherL... 2012/09/26 10:57:15
    TKramar
    Its primary ingredient IS water. And it's flavored, and sweet, which makes it that much better than water, which I NEVER drink plain. Got to mix it with Kool-Aid, Gatorade, or even some of that Mio works.
  • Scandalf TKramar 2012/09/26 12:10:26
    Scandalf
    "which makes it that much better than water"
    I hope you mean better from a taste point of view!
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