The Health Effects Of Drinking Sugary Drinks Essay
Half of Americans consume some form of sugary drink every day. Twenty five percent consume at least 200 calories a day. Children tend to drink more than adults and lower income households drink more than those above the poverty line (Center for Disease Control, 2011). Sugar beverages are typically cheaper than healthy alternatives such as milk or bottled water. This paper will review the health effects of drinking sugary drinks. Successful campaigns to reduce consumption will be analyzed and used as a guide to create a local plan to gain awareness and help reduce the intake of beverages full of liquid sugar. Additionally, political and ethical considerations will be explored. Soda has a high sugar content that contributes negatively to health and should be ingested sparingly.
Soft Drinks and Health
Excess soda can cause or contribute to several health issues including obesity, diabetes, liver disease, tooth decay, and heart disease (Health Promotion Policy, 2015). One soda a day can increase the chance of child obesity by 60%. Adults who drink sodas are 27% more likely to be obese, regardless of income or ethnicity (Babey, 2009). Diabetes often follows obesity and is the “seventh leading cause of death in the United States” (CDC, 2014, p. 7). Drinking sodas every day for six months increases fat deposits in the liver by 150%, which is a direct contributor to liver disease. Carbonated sugar drinks increase tooth decay in both adults and children by…