OK, so that’s not news. But there is an interesting campaign going for the summer encouraging Bay Area/Oakland residents to eliminate or at least reduce their soda consumption this summer.

Some interesting points from the article

The Center for Weight and Health at UC Berkeley, states that sugared beverage consumption has increased 500 percent over the past five decades — at a rate that roughly corresponds with the increase in overweight children.”

“Gee told the crowd of about 100 gathered for the campaign launch that he’s seen rates of Type 2 diabetes in children multiply during the 20 years he’s been in practice. And he described a recent study concluding that it took the consumption of just 150 excess calories a day to separate the children who became overweight from those who maintained normal weights. ‘And what is 150 calories a day? It’s a can of soda,’ Gee said.”

“…the average teen drinks 750 cans of soda yearly.”

Beverage facts

— Soda is the No. 1 source of sugar in the American diet.

— 30 percent of all calories consumed daily are from sweetened beverages.

— Americans spend $56 billion annually on purchasing nondiet soft drinks.

— U.S. teens consume twice as much soda as milk.

— Drinking just one 20-ounce bottle of soda each day for a year can result in gaining 25 extra pounds.

Read the entire article

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