Possible Risks of Soda Intake
Written by Faith Anderson on March 25, 2013
Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Called a Public Health Hazard
Using data from national health surveys around the world, the study authors linked sugar-sweetened beverages to 133,000 deaths from diabetes, 44,000 deaths from cardiovascular diseases and 6,000 deaths from cancer in 2010 alone. “It’s quite frightening to see the rise in chronic disease as people around the world consume more and more sugary drinks,” said chief health and medical editor for ABC News, Dr. Richard Besser. “It reminds me of the way lung cancer is on the rise around the world as more and more people smoke cigarettes.”
The landmark study lends support to the notion that sugar-sweetened beverages, which carry little nutritional value and contain excessive calories, are a public health hazard. “We know that sugar-sweetened beverages are linked to obesity, and that a large number of deaths are caused by obesity-related diseases,” said Gitanjali Singh, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and lead author of the soda study. “But until now, nobody had really put these pieces together.”
Limits on Soda Consumption Could Save Lives
“I think our findings should really impel policymakers to make effective policies to reduce sugary beverage consumption since it causes a significant number of deaths,” said Singh. And while there are those that believe the government should not play a role in the dietary decisions of everyday citizens, some experts say that evidence-based policies could curb soda consumption and may actually save lives. Co-author of the new study, Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, says he now plans to study the effects of sugary drink regulation and taxation on health and health care costs.
Contact an Experienced Attorney for Legal Help
For its part, the American Beverage Association claims that the study was “more about sensationalism than science,” arguing that “The researchers make a huge leap when they take beverage intake calculations from about the globe and allege that those beverages are the cause of deaths which the authors themselves acknowledge are due to chronic disease.” If you have suffered a serious medical event that you believe to be related to a potentially dangerous consumer product, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can put you in touch with a lawyer in your area who has experience handling product liability cases. You may have grounds to file a product liability claim against the manufacturing company, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries and medical bills.