HERE They Provide the Facts!
I read this recent article published today in The Nutrition Source – Harvard School of Public Health entitled Sugary Drinks and Obesity Fact Sheet. It breaks my heart to read the information below. Yes, I’m using all the melodrama with this one, but I feel like it’s called for. Below are some of the facts that are completely disappointing and why our country needs taxation on sugary products. If smokers have to pay increased tax so should soda drinkers…BOTH are detrimental to our health.
Here are some of the facts and statistics from this report:
- 2 out of 3 adults and 1 out of 3 children in the U.S. are overweight or obese
- The nation spends an estimated $190 BILLION a year treating obesity-related health conditions
- Beverage companies spend approximately $3.2 BILLION marketing carbonated beverages in 2006, with nearly half a billion dollars of that directed at children ages 2-17!
- Beverage industry funded studies are four – eight times more likely to show favorable findings to the industry than independent studies (make sense? nope!)
It’s time for us to make the “right” choice for ourselves and our children. Let’s choose health. Let’s choose to make our lives fit and healthy with real food. Let’s remember that our choices have a direct effect on what the food industry puts out. WE have power. Let’s choose to use it.
I can see US GETTING FIERCE!