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​​Sugary drinks such as soda, sport drinks, sweetened tea, coffee drinks and energy drinks, are loaded with “empty,” or non-nutritional calories that can be damaging to your health. 
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​Just one sugar-sweetened beverage a day can seriously impact your health. And because drinking calories rarely satisfies your appetite, it’s easy to get more calories than your body really needs.

Over the past 20 years, obesity levels have doubled in the United States. In Boston, 25% of students in Boston Public Schools are obese. Numerous studies have linked this increase in obesity to increased consumption of sugary drinks.

Even if you eat healthy and exercise, you might be overlooking a major factor contributing to weight gain. Regardless of your age, being overweight or obese can lead to some very serious health problems, including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and depression.

Get started by learning more about sugary drinks and how the beverage industry markets to you and your community. You can also check out our Campaign Materials.

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