Can sugared sodas cause obesity? Many nutritionists suggest this is true. In fact, the President’s Challenge on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition revealed research findings suggesting future obesity risks might be assessed by examining people’s daily soda consumption.
In an August 12 post, the President’s Challenge showed these statistical ties between sugared soda drinking and eventual obesity.
- Individuals who drink half a can of soda daily apparently have a 26 percent higher chance of becoming overweight or obese than those who do not.
- Those who consume half to a full can of soda each day are expected to experience a 30.4 percent increase in obesity risk.
- Folks who down one to two cans of sweet soda daily may face a 32.8 percent higher risk of obesity.
- People gulping more than two cans of sugared soda each day might be 47.2 percent more likely to become obese than those not partaking.
The average 12-ounce can of regular soda contains approximately ten teaspoons of sugar, according to the President’s Challenge.
Call it soda, pop, soda-pop, soft drink, or carbonated beverage. However you pour it, those sugary sips can sure be fattening.
What is obesity?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control defines obesity in an adult as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. Such a high BMI, indicating a significant presence of body fat, reflects a height-weight ratio that is considered unhealthy.
A person with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 might be considered overweight.
Obesity carries increased risks for such health hazards as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, gallstones, lung troubles, joint pain, and certain types of cancer.
The National Institutes of Health offers a free online BMI calculator.
What about diet sodas?
The jury is still out on calorie-free colas and soft drinks. Some experts claim diet sodas can actually contribute to weight gain by altering the body’s metabolism and fat burning processes. Others contend diet beverages stimulate food cravings.
Maybe there’s something to drinking lots of water, after all, when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight and preventing obesity. It certainly appears that sweet fizzy drinks make folks fat.
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