Ever noticed how many people are walking around with sugary drinks in their hands?
The picture below gives a sense of the sugar drug being consumed in each. Then there are all the sugar-heavy coffee concoctions people are hooked on as well.
The health costs are astronomical, especially for our next generations. See: CDC, health, youth obesity facts:
- Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.
- Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for diabetes, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.
- Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adults and are therefore more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.