This one is a bit much for me to not leave a comment on. I've reworked the article with a few questions:
"Studies now correlate an increase in certain health risks with soda consumption. For four years researchers tracked the soda drinking habits of 50,000 women. When women went from drinking one regular soda drink a week to at least one a day, they gained an average of 10 pounds over the 4-year period."
Did the researchers look at any other factors that could contribute to the weight gain? Were the women required to maintain their current lifestyle and start drinking a soda per day? Why did they make the change?
"An increase in body weight was also seen when using fruit drinks, but not when diet soft drinks where consumed."
So basically an increase in calories resulted in an increase in weight? Seems logical.
"In another study of 90,000 women, those who drank soda or fruit drinks daily had about twice the risk of developing diabetes compared to those who drank soda less than once a month."
Different study -- if you consume more sugar than other people, you're more likely to develop diabetes. If you look at nothing but soda or fruit juice intake, then you can only draw conclusions about soda and fruit juice intake.
"Currently, the federal government is considering its first-ever warning that soft drinks can cause unhealthy weight gain. While soda sales have nearly doubled during the past 20 years, so has the percentage of obesity. Battle lines are being drawn and the debate is heating up.
Should a warning be issued concerning weight gain and soda consumption?
Should there be a ban on soda commercials during children’s television programs?
Should soda be eliminated at school? Currently the sale of soda helps fund many school activities."
For the last 2 months, I've tracked all my food intake and exercise. Because of this, I've lost about 15 pounds. During that period, I drank about one soda per day (12 ounces). I can go back and tell you what else I've had that causes obesity and diabetes: ice cream, frapuccinos, candy bars -- but those weren't as regular. By watching my intake, I'm careful to make sure I burn enough calories to offset that intake. I'm not doing this that well, and I really don't like that I drink a soda a day. I think it's a horrible habit, but it's free where I work and gives me a great sugar boost after a hard workout at lunch. Soda isn't the reason people are fat and having the government spend money on an anti-soda campaign is a waste of time.
Education isn't the answer, either, but it's a better use of time and money. Plain and simple, some people won't learn or don't care.
At the end of the day, you have to look at what your actions do. You can't reasonably say that soda makes people fat or gives them diabetes. I can eat a half gallon of ice cream every day and get fat. If I keep up the ice cream habit, but stop drinking soda, I am not going to stop being fat. Will it even help? That's debatable.
And by saying soda makes people fat, you're essentially demonizing the soda companies. I dislike corporations as much as the next guy, but this is just being mean. Didn't the court system just tell the governor of NY that he can't put a ban on sales of soda over a certain size? I don't think anyone argues that drinking copious amounts of sugar water isn't healthy. But where do you draw the line? Are you going to label all high sugar content products with the same warning? Because if not, you're not being fair to the soda and fruit juice makers. What about sugary cereals? Or BBQ sauce that's mostly sugar? What about the sugar itself? If you make your own sugar water with water and sugar, you could just as easily end up obese from that. Banning soda isn't the answer because there are too many other reasons for obesity.
- 7/15/2014 3:41:14 PM