How Soda Is Harming Your Health (Infographic)

Recently, there has been a great deal of controversy over the health detriments of soda and how it is harming the health of both children and adults.

Most notably, the New York City Board of Health recently proposed a ban on the sale of large individual soft drinks. The ban was rejected by the New York Court of Appeals, sparking a fiery debate about the conflicts surrounding high-sugar soft drink consumption.

Hundreds of studies have linked sugary drinks like soda to both childhood and adult obesity and a whole host of other health problems in the U.S. The Harvard School of Public Health reported one study found that for each additional 12-ounce soda children consumed each day, the odds of becoming obese increased by 60% during 1½ years of follow-up.1

This infographic from Everyday Health gives you the facts you need to know about soda, and why it's best to avoid it if you can.soda_infographic

Conclusion

The health risks associated with high soda consumption include obesity, increased likelihood of diabetes, heart disease, and cavities. These risks pose a serious threat to the health of American children and adults.

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1Ludwig DS, Peterson KE, Gortmaker SL. Relation between consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks and childhood obesity: a prospective, observational analysis. Lancet. 2001;357:505-8.