Today, more Americans are obese, not just overweight.
America's weight problem is now an epidemic. Sixty-six percent of Americans are officially overweight or obese. Our society's weight problem is a huge contributor to our rising health care costs. Obesity is a major factor in diabetes, which is America's 5th leading cause of death. One out of three children born after 2000 will be diagnosed with diabetes at some point in their lives. There's a lot we need to do. One simple step that can help is to replace sugared drinks with water.
There are often more calories in beverages than you might think. In the past 40 years, calories per capita from beverages have increased by 226 calories daily, 152 of which come from caloric sweetened beverages. Currently, beverages make up 21% of the total caloric intake in the typical American diet*.
* Source: Family Features, H2O on the Go: Drinking Less Calories
Soft drinks are packed with sugar. A 12oz soda is filled with 12 teaspoons of sugar1. The average teenage boy drinks two, 12 oz sodas each day, while teenage girls average 1 1/32. If teens replaced just one of those daily soft drinks with water, they would save about 50,000 calories a year.
Hidden Calories from Beverages
Both children and adults require adequate healthy hydration each day to help the body function properly. While sweetened beverages may quench one's thirst, they can contain 140 calories in a typical 12 oz. serving.
On average, calories in beverages make up 20% of the total caloric intake in the typical American diet.* Replacing one sugared beverage per day with water for a year can trim more than 50,000 calories annually from your diet.** Drinking water is a good way to stay hydrated without consuming calories.