It’s hard not to like the taste of soda. It’s appealing to the sweet tooth, and the way that the carbonation feels when you take a sip is automatically addicting. As a kid having a soda wasn’t really a big deal because you were running around all day, but numerous health studies have helped millions of Americans reach the same conclusion: soda is horrible for you.
In a recent Huffington Post article they discuss the recent (though it seems like we’ve been talking about it for a long time) rise in obesity and diabetes and how this correlates to an increase in the consumption of soda beverages. Let’s follow the article and take a look at some of these health implications and their cost to society.
Obesity, Diabetes, and Healthcare:
Recently, as I’m sure you’ve already heard about, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg tried to pass a bill that would put a ban on all large sugary beverages. He did this to try to curb the soda consumption of his city, whose obesity rate is increasing at an alarming rate. Though the bill got turned down in court, Bloomberg has mentioned that he plans to appeal it in hopes of getting it reinstated.
Regardless of whether or not this bill passes, there are a few facts that cannot be overlooked. At the present time 1 out of every 10 dollars that are spent on healthcare in America goes directly to helping those with diabetes and its complications. Along with that, 1 out of every 5 dollars is spent to care for people diagnosed with diabetes. This astronomically large amount of money, I should remind you, is being paid to care for a disease that is almost entirely preventable.
The amount of sugar that you consume in your diet is correlated to your chances of getting diabetes- and being obese is a heavy indicator of this as well. So next time you get a coffee, try getting it black. Next time you reach for a soda, try for an unsweetened iced tea instead. You’ll be thanking yourself in a few years!
Richard Battista, Quincy MA