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One soda per day increases risk of overweight in adults by 27%, UCLA study found
Monday, September 28, 2009 2:16 pm Email this article
"[A]dults 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," according to a a report from researchers from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy.
The results were based on more than 40,000 interviews conducted by the California Health Interview Surveys.
A 20-ounce serving of soda contains 17 teaspoons of sugar the researchers note.
“Research shows that over the last 30 years Americans consumed 278 more calories per day even as physical activity levels remained relatively unchanged.”
“One of the biggest changes in diet during that period was the enormous increase in soda consumption, accounting for as much as 43 percent of all new calories.”
Forty-one percent (41%) of children 2- to 11-years-old are drinking at least one soda or sugar-sweetened beverage every day.
Sixty-two percent (62%) of adolescents 12- to 17-years-old drink one or more soda per day.
This accounts for 39 pounds of sugar per year.
California Center for Public Health Advocacy and
UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
Bubbling Over: Soda Consumption and Its Link to Obesity in California
September 17, 2009
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