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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

Parents need to step up and cut fown on the unhealthy crud they and their kids are drinking. We'll have a diet soda now and then, but mostly milk, crystal light and water. Who needs several candybars worth of suger in one drink? Nobody! I like my teeth thank you very much. Report
MUSICNUT
Thanks for the great article! :) Report
Good article. Report
so happy that I took yer advice and stopped drinking pop Report
Not only should we not drink soft drinks because of weight gain, but it causes bladder infections in me. I thought at first it was because I was a diabetic 2. When I talked to the Dr. he said it had nothing to do with it. Since I’ve quit drinking soda & I’ve not had one bladder infection. Report
TOMATOCAFEGAL
Water is a good one. Good article Report
I am not a lover of soda. Every once in a while, I will have a glass and then I am done for another period of time. Report
To be fair, if a warning about possible weight gain is placed in sodas, shouldn't it also be placed on fruit drinks, which were also named as contributing to weight gain? Report
Should some states increase prices on soda to support their increased taxes? Report
I feel that they should ban it in the schools. The children most likely do not read the labels and discover how unhealthy it is for them. Report
I haven't had a soda in years... Report
When I stopped drinking soda I started losing weight Report
BONDMANUS2002
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!
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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.