Sugar-Sweetened Soft Drinks, Obesity, and Type 2 Diabetes

Article (PDF Available)inJAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association 292(8):978-9 · September 2004with652 Reads
DOI: 10.1001/jama.292.8.978 · Source: PubMed
Abstract
Sugar-sweetened soft drinks contribute 7.1% of total energy intake and represent the largest single food source of calories in the US diet.1 Coincidentally or not, the rise of obesity and type 2 diabetes in the United States parallels the increase in sugar-sweetened soft drink consumption.2 Several studies have found an association between sugar-sweetened beverages and incidence of obesity in children.3,4 In one study, the odds ratio of becoming obese increased 1.6 times for each additional sugar-sweetened drink consumed every day.3 Increased diet soda consumption was negatively associated with childhood obesity.