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Obesity and Sodas
Intake of Carbonated Beverages, Diet and Obesity Among Adolescents
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Sodas Don't Necessarily Cause Weight Gain and Obesity

Sodas have been made scapegoats for obesity and overweight in school children, without clinical evidence that they are to blame for obesity.

The ADA stated in January 2002, "There is no nutritional reason why soft drinks ... and juices should not be made available to students. All these beverages, consumed in moderation, fall within the Dietary Guidelines established by the USDA and ADA."

Studies this year analyzing the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the USDA's Continuing Survey of Food Intake by Individuals found no relationship between consumption of soft drinks and the overall quality of diets or the BMIs in adolescents. In fact, teen boys who drank the most carbonated beverages also exercised the most, and the thinnest kids tended to be the biggest pop drinkers.

"As long as young children or teens consume a well-balanced, healthful diet, moderate consumption of soda does not threaten their health or nutritional well being," said ACSH President Elizabeth Whelan, Sc.D., M.P.H. "Too much of anything - even a food as innocuous as apple juice - can compromise nutritional status."

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Obesity is now the "trillion dollar disease". This reflects the social costs of obesity, in health and lost production, as well as the weight loss drug profits that might be made for any pharmaceutical company that finds a drug-cure for obesity. The search for viable weight loss medications continues, although pharmaceutical weight loss products still have significant side effects.

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