Sugary drinks contribute heavily to obesity

As we continue to explore the reasons leading us towards ‘Planet Fatty’, this time we’re taking a look at the impact of high calorie drinks on the obese population.

Maybe it’s cruel to point the finger and use terms like ‘fatty’ but the truth is that obese people are fat, overweight, or whatever politically correct phrase you prefer. For me the cure is a simple one; don’t consume so many sugary foods, do some exercise and find an interest which completely engages you.

[adsense]So having solved the obesity crisis which is slowly causing the planet to tilt towards America, creating aberrant polar shifts and undoubtedly contributing to global warming let’s look at some of the reasons behind it.

America for some reason is seen as a leading light in the world; this being a country which was built on fear, controlled by fear and is perpetuated by propagandist news and media.

It was in the late 1970’s that I first became aware of extra large high calorie drinks.

What the Kia-Ora girl does in her spare time is up to her, I just want the good old days of reasonable portions back please.

Kia-Ora had been the staple of cinema goers for decades; a lovely girl (I’m assuming, she may have been a wart-ridden, chain-smoking, draino-drinking harpy out of work) would bring a tray of snacks and drinks out during the ‘intermission’ and peanuts, Butterkist popcorn and drinks too orangey for crows would be consumed.

64 oz of Coca-Cola = fat. There's no escaping it. FAT.

Rapidly we became dissatisfied with a meagre beaker of squash and a handful of nuts, and before long the super-kiosk replaced the ticket office at the front of the picture house.

Fast forward to today and we’re now greeted by a stadium of food vendors all peddling the same things – massive, oversized, over-calorific drinks and snacks which seem to take a huge chunk out of our wallets and place them around our midriff.

Worst of all for me are what can only be described as buckets of soft drinks that contain enough fluid to rehydrate and sustain a small Somalian town for several months.

The most staggering of these is the 64oz Coca Cola. It is equivalent to around three pints and contains 195g of sugar and 700 calories. More to the point, all those calories come from the sugar. That can be viewed as a meal in itself but when they are ‘complimented’ by a 1200 calorie bag of popcorn, a nitrate filled hot-dog in a sugary white bun and a huge bag of Minstrels (yes one of my former favourites) it adds up to more than the average woman’s daily calorific intake.

Just one 355ml can of soda per day, per year will mean you consume 14.24 kg of sugar in a year. That’s just from soft drinks.

The ‘sweetened’ alternatives are not a healthy option either as they contain Aspartame which has been heavily linked to cancer.

The other side of the coin is the addictive nature of such drinks because of the levels of sugar they contain as well as fructose syrup, corn syrup and glucose. This makes them harder to ignore as they seemingly quench your thirst (I challenge you to feel actually quenched after a Coca-Cola) and taste fantastic.

Fast food and giant drinks are not good for our health. Consuming them is like hoping you made the rope long enough so that you land on the floor, not a foot above it.

They are however one of the biggest contributors to obesity along with white bread. Other fruit drinks flagged as healthy also have the same effect due to sugar or sweeteners. If you’re concerned about being or becoming fat then check the labels of every drink you fancy before making that purchase.

Most of all, remember that your health is worth more to you than it is to the makers of those sugary drinks and you certainly don’t want to end up on the diet merry-go-round or be a test bed for the latest weight loss drugs from companies who want to exploit your weakness in food choices and maximize their own profits.

Pepsi amongst others are interested in profit, not public health.

Sugar is bad. Sugary drinks are bad. Look for something sweetened with natural fruit juice, dates, agave syrup or xylitol, or better still, drink filtered water that doesn’t contain fluoride.

Latest figures indicate that two thirds of adults and a third of children are obese. If the increase is not addressed now the rise could lead to a population where nine in ten adults and two thirds of children will be obese by 2050. The associated risks include heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Your opinion is valuable to us so please leave a comment with your thoughts on the contribution of sugary and high calorie drinks to obesity.

Read about banning food stamps on soda to try and reduce obesity, how sugar addiction destroys your body, high sugar consumption causes heart risk, the 6% increase in obesity cases since 2008, and how white bread is as much to blame as sugary products for obesity increase.


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