Sugary Drinks Responsible for 180K Deaths ... Per Year
25K of those were obese Americans
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2013 7:08 AM CDT
In this May 31, 2012 file photo, a man leaves a 7-Eleven store with a Double Gulp drink, in New York.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

(Newser) – As the soda wars rage across the country, a new study finds that 1% of deaths of obese adults around the world can be blamed on sugary drinks, USA Today reports. That tallied up to 180,000 obesity-related deaths linked to an over-consumption of sweetened beverages in 2010; the figure includes 25,000 dead Americans. The cause of death wasn't too much Pepsi: Rather, the drinks pack on the excess pounds, which up the risk of death from other diseases. Of the 180,000, more than 70% succumbed to diabetes, with 44,000 dying of cardiovascular disease and 6,000 of cancer, say researchers. Of the countries studied, Mexico was No. 1 in terms of number of deaths, with the US in third.

Researchers say the data "suggests that limiting sugary-beverage intake is an important step in reducing diabetes deaths." But the American Beverage Association says the report is "more about sensationalism than science. The researchers make a huge leap when they take beverage intake calculations from around the globe and allege that those beverages are the cause of deaths which the authors themselves acknowledge are due to chronic disease." The American Heart Association recommends no more than 450 calories per week come from sugar-sweetened drinks.

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Mar 25, 2013 2:27 PM CDT
Voodoo research at its best.
Mar 20, 2013 9:55 PM CDT
If only 1% of obese adults die from "sugary drinks"....that leaves 99% that don't.....wonder how many skinny people die from "sugary drinks"?....wonder how many die from the "runs" from eating too many fruits and vegetables? Maybe the STATE should write a law requiring people to go through a background check before letting them purchase "sugary drinks", fruits and vegetables....or for that matter...anything else people die from?....or they could just tax everything very heavily....that is sure to end the
Mar 20, 2013 9:00 PM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD ........ We'll all die from something .. and if it's not sugary drinks .. it'll be something else. --- NOBODY is guaranteed any certain time on this earth .. so don't worry about it .. when your time is up, it's up .. and no matter how rich or famous you are .. you can't buy one minute more. That's what we always told guys who were afraid of dying. --- Don't worry, "When your time is up, it's up" ------------------------ REALLY