Your Kid Is Drinking 7 Trillion Calories From Sugary Drinks Alone

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Your kids may be gulping down as many as seven trillion harmful calories in the form of sugar-filled drinks every year. Scary huh? This is not only shameful but has also been a contributing factor to the increase in childhood obesity.

 

According to Steve Gortmaker of the Harvard School of Public Health, kids between the ages of 2 and 19 consumer about 7-trillion calories in sugary beverages per year. The result? About 12.5 million obese children in the United States. He also revealed, that  children receive 300 calories of their daily diet from sugary drinks alone. While speaking at the annual meeting of the Obesity Society in San Antonio recently, Steve shone some light on the disturbing effects that these drinks can have on children as they become adults such as higher risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

 

The sales of these sugary drinks are estimated to be at $24 billion a year. That is a lot of money that could be used to prevent childhood obesity rather than encourage it.

 

 

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