New Federal Study Spotlights Heavy Soda Consumption
CDC finds that half of Americans consume drinks containing sugar, such as soda and energy drinks, and that teenagers and young adults drink the most.
Chicago Tribune: Health Advocates Launch Anti-Soda Campaign
More than half of Americans drink too many sugary drinks and the problem is worst among minorities, the poor and the young, according to a study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study comes less than two weeks after the U.S. Department of Agriculture shot down a pilot proposal to ban soda from New York food stamp purchases. The department felt the program, proposed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, would be too complicated to enforce (9/1).
The Washington Post: Boys Drink More Sugary Beverages Than Girls, Federal Survey Shows
On any given day, about half of the all Americans ages 2 and older consume drinks containing sugar, according to an analysis of data by the federal government's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2005 and 2008. Who are the biggest consumers? Well, it should come as no surprise that it's teenagers and young adults, with boys between the ages of 2 and 19 drinking the most. About 70 percent of them drink these sugar-laden beverages on any given day, according to the analysis (Stein, 8/31).
USA Today: Sugary Drinks Add 300 Calories A Day To Youths' Diets
Teens who drink soda, energy drinks and other sugary beverages are guzzling about 327 calories a day from them, which is equal to about 2½ cans of cola, new government data show (Hellmich, 8/31).