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Soda Drinkers Beware!

Studies now correlate an increase in certain health risks with soda consumption. For four years researchers tracked the soda drinking habits of 50,000 women. When women went from drinking one regular soda drink a week to at least one a day, they gained an average of 10 pounds over the 4-year period. An increase in body weight was also seen when using fruit drinks, but not when diet soft drinks where consumed. In another study of 90,000 women, those who drank soda or fruit drinks daily had about twice the risk of developing diabetes compared to those who drank soda less than once a month.

Currently, the federal government is considering its first-ever warning that soft drinks can cause unhealthy weight gain. While soda sales have nearly doubled during the past 20 years, so has the percentage of obesity. Battle lines are being drawn and the debate is heating up.
  • Should a warning be issued concerning weight gain and soda consumption?
  • Should there be a ban on soda commercials during children’s television programs?
  • Should soda be eliminated at school? Currently the sale of soda helps fund many school activities.
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Member Comments

I haven't had a soda in years... Report
When I stopped drinking soda I started losing weight Report
Absolutely great Report
what has happened to parental responsibility? instead of putting the burden on the schools and soda industry, why can't parents teach their children good eating habits? when i was a child, i watched saturday morning cartoons with practically every commercial advertising some sugar-laden cereal or sweet snack. my mother didn't run out and buy them all for me so i never developed a desire for them. i agree that things should go back to how they used to be. back to parents being parents and taking responsibility for raising responsible children! Report
When I went to school there was NEVER any soda sold at school! They need to go back to the way schools used to be dietwise, a healthy lunch and no soda, just milk.
I agree that soda should not be on commercials when children are home from school. We have enough obese children in this country!
Great job Report
Everything in moderation. I drink a lot if unsweetened iced tea, and add sugar. Food allergies suck, and artificial sweeteners could kill me. A can (or two) of Coca-Cola every week makes me happy and doesn’t undermine my efforts. Report
I saw a documentary once that showed a scene outside a school that had banned junk food. At lunch time parents showed up & brought chips & soda to their kids. Parents felt the school was imposing unnecessary rules in their children. Report
When I went to school, no vending machines for anything. Didn't have money, even if there were. Brought food from home, period. Report
I replaced drinking sodas with plain water. Do they have bottled water in the vending machines at schools too?
When I was in school, we couldn't buy anything out of the lunch machines during our lunch time. However we could use the vending machines before school and after school- and you could buy things before school and eat them during lunch. Report
My local high school banned unhealthy meals and sodas. However, the school was conveniently located near a pizza shop, a donut store, a fried chicken joint, and a popular hamburger chain. Kids went out for lunch. Ultimately, we need to make time in a school curriculum go teach nutrition, health, cooking, and budgeting. Healthy eating is cheaper than eating out. Report
Thanks. Report
Consumption of to much sugar daily is going to show up in our blood work no matter what its in. Common sense. Its good to have knowledge but I am not in favor of government interference. Its a parents job to direct their children in the right direction. Its our responsibility as adults for what we eat or drink. Report
I gave up soda in June, switching out to water. I lost six pounds in two weeks! Now two months out, I am much less anxious without the caffeine and sugar, and feeling so much better. Now I drink green tea in the am, water all day and a glass of red wine in the evening.

I work in a school and felt I was setting a terrible example. Students are not allowed to bring soda to school. Hopefully, the juice will be banned too! Report
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Becky Hand
Becky Hand
Becky is a registered and licensed dietitian with almost 20 years of experience. A certified health coach through the Cooper Institute with a master's degree in health education, she makes nutrition principles practical, easy-to-apply and fun. See all of Becky's articles.
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