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Soda Giants Shift Attention to Developing Nations to Make Up for Shrinking Profits

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  • 38 percent of American adults were obese in 2014, and 1in 5 U.S. deaths is now related to obesity. Carrying excess weight virtually guarantees you’ll suffer health problems
  • Obese people are nearly 7 times more likely to develop kidney problems compared to those of normal weight. Being overweight but not obese raises your risk of kidney disease by 3.5 times
  • Good news: U.S. consumption of sugary beverages decreased by 25 percent between 1998 and 2014. Bad news: to offset declining sales, soda companies have shifted their focus to developing countries

By Dr. Mercola

According to the latest statistics, 38 percent of American adults were obese in 2014 — an increase of 3 percent compared to 2012. A decade ago, in 2004, about 32 percent of adults fell in the obese category.

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