According to a new study 25 percent of high school students drink soda daily which is an alarming number that could lead to increase in obesity rate and other related diseases. Seventeen percent of Americans age 2 to 19 are overweight, according to the CDC.
The survey was done on 11,000 high school students. If sugary drinks other than just soda are counted almost 67 per cent of students drink sugary drinks every day. Sodas are known for high calories. For instance, a 20-ounce Coke bottle has 240 calories and experts believe it should be consumed once in a while for a treat and shouldn't be daily routine to drink sodas.
One study of Massachusetts schoolchildren found that for each additional sweet drink per day, the odds of obesity increased 60 percent, according to the Associated Press. This had led schools to stop selling sodas in school.
However, the study also discovered that teens drink milk, fruit juices and water more often compared to 1990s and early 2000s.
We were very pleased to see that, said the study's lead author, Nancy Bener, a health scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
However, experts think more things have to be done to reduce teens drinking sugary drinks daily.
The authors of the study think that it is Critical to involve families, the media, and other institutions that interact with adolescents to increase their awareness of possible detrimental health effects and discourage their consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.
The research was published in the June 17 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.