Chew on this – US soda consumption

November 9, 2007

“The United States ranks first among countries in soft drink consumption. The per-capita consumption of soft drinks is in excess of 150 quarts per year, or about three quarts per week.”James A Howenstine M.D.
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The United States, with less than 5 percent of the world’s population, is the largest soda consumer and accounted for one third of total soda consumption in 1999. The 58 billion liters sold there (2000) generated $48 billion dollars in revenue for the soda industry.

“The relationship between soft drink consumption and body weight is so strong that researchers calculate that for each additional soda consumed, the risk of obesity increases 1.6 times.”

“Adolescents who consume soft drinks display a risk of bone fractures three to four-fold higher than those who do not.”

“Sugar and acid in soft drinks easily dissolve tooth enamel.”

“Americans drink 13.15 billion gallons of carbonated drinks every year.”
The doctor speaking in these dialogs is, Dr. McCay, the nutritionist at the Naval Medical Research Institute.

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5 Responses to “Chew on this – US soda consumption”

  1. Solarphile Says:

    US is at the top in per capita overconsumption of everything from food, energy, water and now— soda!! If US consumers could be made more aware of the impacts of socially unjust global food production and distribution practices and modify their living choices, it would go a long way toward addressing the global food crisis.

  2. Chris Rolf Says:

    Thanks for your information. I am amazed at how we over consume so much.

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  4. wendy Says:

    So true. I’ll use this in a report for school. Thanks.

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