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Sugar Loaded Beverages can Lead to OBESITY!

Extra calories from sugar-loaded beverages can lead to obesity and health problems

If we can reduce the amount of sugar-loaded beverages we drink in King County we will improve our health. Choose low-fat milk or water instead!

Beverage consumption, 1977-2006 Daily milk consumption among children has declined to similar consumption levels as nondiet sodas, while nondiet soda consumption among adults surpasses milk.

Source: ERS calculations based on USDA’s 1977-78 Nationwide Food Consumption Survey (NFCS) data, 1989-91 and 1994-98 Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals (CSFII), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics 1999-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

Public Health – Seattle & King County, together with health departments across the country, are warning people that drinking too many sugar-loaded drinks causes obesity and other health problems.

What is a sugar-loaded beverage?

A sugar-loaded beverage (also known as a sugar-sweetened beverage) is a drink with sugar added such as soda, sports drinks, energy drinks and sweetened fruit drinks.

What is the concern about sugar-loaded beverages?

People in the United States now consume 200-300 more calories each day than we did 30 years ago; more than half of these calories come from sugar-loaded beverages.

Drinking sugar-loaded beverages contributes to more adults and children being overweight or obese and at serious risk for major health problems, such as Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

How do sugar-loaded beverages contribute to obesity and poor health?

  • Children who drink two or more sugar-loaded beverages a day are more likely to be overweight than those who consume healthier alternatives such as low-fat milk or water.
  • High sugar-loaded beverage consumption increases risk of diabetes in women by 83%.
  • Sugar-loaded beverages have replaced milk in the diets of many teens, putting them at risk for osteoporosis and brittle bones.
  • Consumption of sugar-loaded beverages by young children (one to five years old) is associated with an 80-100% increased risk of cavities.

What is the problem in King County?

  • In King County, nearly one in three children in middle and high school is overweight or obese and that number is growing.
  • In 2009, about 55% of King County adults were either overweight or obese. These rates are even higher in communities of low-income people.

How much sugar and how many calories are in a bottle of soda?

  • A 20-ounce bottle of soda has more than 15 teaspoons of sugar and 240 calories. This is more than 10% of the average number of calories a person needs to consume in a day.

Give yourself and your children a vi-shake nutritional shake instead of a soda.

One shake contains 23 vitamins and minerals, 5 grams of fiber, 12 grams of protein and less than a gram of sugar.



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