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Are you pouring on the pounds?

Are You Pouring on the Pounds?

Newly tabulated data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey has reported grim obesity statistics: about 40% of American men and 30% of women are overweight, and 35% of men and 37% of women are obese.

Altogether, there are now more obese Americans than overweight Americans, with only a minority of the adult population—about one-third—in the normal weight category.1

Sugary drinks are a large part of this problem—the average American adult takes in 355 calories from sugary drinks every day (teens consume even more, about 549 calories per day), and these liquid calories contribute to obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other health problems.2,3

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has produced a short (90 second) film, as a reminder of the health consequences associated with sugary drink consumption and the efforts of the soda industry to advertise its dangerous product. (watch the video)

Steer clear of refined sugar, and learn how to create delicious desserts sweetened only whole fruit.

1. Yang L, Colditz GA. Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity in the United States, 2007-2012. JAMA Intern Med 2015. 
2. Center for Science in the Public Interest. Sugar: Too Much of a Sweet Thing [http://cspinet.org/new/pdf/infographic_full.pdf
3. Johnson RK, Appel LJ, Brands M, et al. Dietary sugars intake and cardiovascular health: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation 2009, 120:1011-1020.

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