Soda is Related to Obesity and Health Risks
Soda and sugary soft drinks are viewed by many as contributing to obesity and its related health problems. Yale researchers reviewed all current research articles published on this topic – 88 reports in all – to see if drinking soda and sugary soft drinks is related to poor nutrition and bad health outcomes.
Clear links were found between drinking soft drinks and increased calories and body weight. Children and adults who
drink soda and soft drinks:
- Take in more sugar.
- Do not eat less of other foods to adjust for the calories
taken in from these unhealthy drinks.
- Drink less milk, which has important health benefits like
Vitamins A, D, and calcium.
- People who drink more soda and sugary soft drinks are also
at a higher risk for health problems such as diabetes and high
Drinking soda and sugary soft drinks leads to increased body weight and puts kids and adults at risk for other health
problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Calories are how we measure the amount of energy in food.
Obesity is defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of more than 30. BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and
weight. To find out your BMI, go to: www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi