For every soft drink or sugar-sweetened beverage a child drinks every day, their obesity risk appears to jump 60%.
About 65% of adolescent girls and 74% of adolescent boys consume soft drinks daily.
Currently, soft drinks constitute the leading source of added sugars in the diet, amounting to 36.2 grams daily for adolescent girls and 57.7 grams for boys.
The study included over 500 schoolchildren of various ethnic backgrounds who were aged 11 and 12. The investigators found that for every can or glass of sugar-sweetened beverage a child drank during the 19-month study, a child's body mass index -- a measure of weight related to height -- and their chance of becoming obese increased 60%.
This is the first long-term study that links soft drink consumption to obesity in children. The study received no financial support from any organization that either promotes or opposes soft drink consumption.
Obesity among US children has increased significantly since 1960 -- by 54% in children aged 6 to 11 and by 40% for adolescents, according to a report on the topic that came out late last year.
The consumption of soft drinks has increased 500% in the last 50 years, according to the US Department of Agriculture.
The Lancet 2001;357:505-508
The future health of our country is clearly related to having our children eat healthy. If we want to save them incredible needless grief and suffering then it would be wise to encourage them to eat properly.
The first step will be to have them drink nothing but water.
Then they can gradually incorporate the eating plan I have developed for optimal health that will work for the vast majority of people.
Many children and adults find this program difficult to implement. That is where EFT can help.
I recently conducted a training seminar on how to perform this technique and it is now available on video. There is a one year money back guarantee on the video and it may be one of the best investments that you could make for the health of your children since it may radically improve their ability to follow the eating plan and reduce their television viewing.
One of every four drinks consumed is a soft drink.
Our annual consumption here in the U.S. averages out to more than 56 gallons for every for every man, woman and child.
Consumers plunk down more than $60 BILLION a year on soda.
The soft drink industry uses more than 12 billion gallons of water every year.
Folks this is a simple one. There is absolutely NO REASON your kids should be drinking soda. None, nada, zero. No excuses. The elimination of soda pop is one of the most crucial factors in the health problems people suffer.
Can you believe the average girl has one ounce of pure sugar and boy two ounces of pure sugar EVERY DAY from sodas? That is nearly 50 pounds of sugar every year just from soda.
And this is the AVERAGE.
Some kids will of course be drinking far more than this.
Soda is one of the main nutritional reasons why most people suffer from health problems. It parallels alcohol in one profound similarity. If one drinks all that sugar the appetite is relatively suppressed for nourishing foods like vegetables and that results in nutritional deficiencies. This is independent of all the damage that sugar can do. You might say, "But my kids drink diet soda!" Well as most of my regular readers know, that is likely far worse (Aspartame).
Milk is not much better, and most of us should avoid drinking it.
We all need about one quart of water for every 50 pounds of body weight. Soda, juice and milk do not count toward this requirement. As a matter of fact, it is very sad to read that the leading source of vitamins and minerals in children's diets comes from juice and milk, both of which should be avoided in a diet for optimal health.