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Sugary Drinks – and Obesity!

March 20, 2013 All, Healthy Eating by Aaron Van Gaver

Researchers at Harvard University say sugary drinks are contributing to an estimated 180,000 deaths around the globe annually, a startling statistic they hope will spur changes in the beverage industry.

Researchers from Harvard’s School of Public Health say sugar-laced juices, sports drinks and soda are major factors behind spiking rates of obesity and diabetes.

The study relied on data obtained from 114 national dietary surveys, representing more than 60 per cent of the world’s population. The researchers determined how changes in consumption of sugary drinks affected weight and body mass index, controlling for other factors known to weight, such as changes in physical activity levels and the consumption of other foods and drink.

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/sugary-drinks-linked-to-staggering-180-000-deaths-each-year-study-1.1202272#ixzz2O646aS00