Study finds half of Americans consume soda or other sweet beverages every day
6:38 PM, Aug 31, 2011
The average American drinks 57 gallons of soda each year.
Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control looks at consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in this country from 2005 to 2008.
Researchers found most people are getting their sodas, and sports and energy drinks, not from schools or restaurants, but from what they buy in stores and put in their own refrigerators.
"More than half, 52 percent, of sugared beverages were actually consumed at home," notes the CDC's Cynthia Ogden.
Now there's a big push to get Americans to change their drinking habits.
"Soda is really the scourge of the American diet. Just sugar water, adds calories, promotes obesity, rots teeth," says Michael Jacobson, Executive Director of the Center For Science in the Public Interest.
His group has partnered with health heavy-hitters such as the American Heart Association to encourage all of us to cut down to just two or three sugary drinks a week.
Diet and nutrition experts link added sugar to weight gain and Type II Diabetes.
In a statement, the American Beverage Association insists "sugar-sweetened beverages are not driving health issues like obesity and diabetes."
The ABA points to data published this past July that show fewer Americans are consuming sugary drinks, while obesity is on the rise.
Still, the new CDC research shows some groups are consuming much more than others, particularly those in lower income brackets.
It's those groups who have disproportionate rates of obesity and other health problems.
Teenagers and young adults, especially boys, were found to consume more sugar drinks than any other age group.
The study did not include flavored milks or sugar sweetened teas and coffee.