Soft Drinks In The Bullseye At San Diego Forum
Research reveals one in four adults drink at least one sugary drink a day.
On average, a 20-ounce soda contains 16 teaspoons of sugar. Sodas and other sweetened drinks are a major source of added sugar and calories in the American diet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A special forum in San Diego will explore what effect soft drink consumption has on health.
Cheryl Moder, who oversees the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, said the forum is targeting soft drinks because of their proven harms.
“Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is a leading cause of obesity and Type 2 diabetes," Moder said. "But it also contributes to other chronic health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, and cavities, as well.”
The beverage industry says obesity and diabetes are complex problems, and that it’s unfair to single out their products as a possible cause.
The forum will take place from 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday at National University at 11355 North Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla.