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Health Effects of Sugary Drinks

Sugar may be sweet, but the health effects of sugar consumption are not. Drinking large amounts of sugar can lead to serious health problems.
infographic detailing the ways that sugary drinks negatively affect our health 
 Image courtesy of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, 2013
Did you know?

  • Drinking large amounts of sugary beverages can increase the risk of gaining weight and developing Type 2 diabetes*, heart disease, and gout.**
  • Sugary beverage intake is significantly associated with weight gain and obesity. 
  • Women who drink one or more sugary beverages daily have almost twice the risk of developing diabetes as those who drink less than one sugary beverage daily. 
  • A child’s risk of becoming obese increases by 60% with each additional sugary beverage consumed daily. 
  • Children who drink carbonated sugary beverages have almost double the risk of dental cavities.
  • Drinking just one 20-ounce bottle of a sugary beverage per day can result in gaining 25 extra pounds per year.
  • The health costs of obesity in the United States are about $147 billion annually.  With that money, we could buy everyone in the U.S. an iPad. 
  • Learn more about the health effects of drinking sugar-sweetened beverages here.
*Type 2 diabetes is a disease where the body cannot properly regulate blood sugar and can result in blindness, lower limb amputation, heart attack, impotence, and death.
**Gout is a form of arthritis that causes sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness and tenderness in joints, often the joint at the base of the big toe.
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