Americans consume 200-300 more calories daily than 30 years ago, with the largest single increase due to sugary drinks. With every additional sugary beverage a child drinks daily, his/her odds of becoming obese increase by 60%. High consumption of sugary drinks is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.
The NYC Health Department has proposed an amendment to Article 81 of the Health Code to Establish a maximum size for sugary drinks at food service establishments (FSEs): Sugary drinks shall not be offered or sold in cups or containers that can contain more than 16 fluid ounces.
Most people don’t realize how easy it is to gain weight from drinking sugary sodas, juice drinks, sport drinks and sweetened tea and coffee drinks. Just one 20-ounce bottle of soda can pack 250 calories and the equivalent of more than 16 teaspoons of added sugars. Is the lemon-flavored iced tea any better? Not by much – with 210 calories and the equivalent of 14½ teaspoons of added sugars. Sugar-sweetened beverages add hundreds of calories to your diet each day. Try NYC's own high quality water (PDF) and save both money and calories .