Old habits die hard….especially when it comes to our nation’s sweet tooth! A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study shows that, despite warnings and messages from health officials, kids are still consuming sugary drinks at a level the American Heart Association calls “astounding.”
Almost two-thirds of children in the United States consumed at least one sugary beverage on any given day — and roughly 30% consumed two or more a day — between 2011 and 2014, according to the study….On average, drinking two or more sugar-sweetened beverages a day provided more than 10% of the total daily calories among the children, said Asher Rosinger, epidemic intelligence service officer at the CDC and lead author of the study.
The infographic below is from the CDC and it breaks down the percentage of boys and girls who consume sugary drinks on any given day.
According to Tucson.com, “Intake of these drinks is highest among 12- to 19-year-olds, but it’s not clear why. “Our report did not look at parental behaviors, like supervision or attitudes toward dietary guidelines, which may modify kids’ behaviors,” Rosinger said. Currently, nearly 13 million U.S. children and teens are obese, putting them at risk of serious future health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.”
AOL News posted a short video on this story. You can watch it by clicking here or on the picture below.
Fox News pointed out that while researchers found among children, sugary drink intake increased with age – “For adults, the researchers observed the opposite effect: Sugary drink intake decreased with age, with intake at its highest point for adults ages 20 to 39.”
The Washington Post quoted Rachel Johnson, a professor of nutrition at the University of Vermont and a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association, as saying:
“The amount of sugar that children in particular consume is still astounding. We recommend that children drink soda once a week or less. We’re seeing that two-thirds drink it on a daily basis.”
Share your thoughts on this new study and how we might be able to curb our sugary drink cravings here in Arizona. Health experts have been sending out a lot of messages about sugary drinks, but if this new study is any indication….those messages do not seem to be getting through. Working with our partners to find new ways to solve old health issues will help us take another step toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!