Decrease Sugary Drinks So We Can Decrease Health Problems
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

Decrease Sugary Drinks So We Can Decrease Health Problems

Decreasing sugary drink consumption will help our nation's health problems.

Decrease Sugary Drinks So We Can Decrease Health Problems

Many people have their favorite soda. Mine is Mountain Dew, pretty much the worst of them all. I only drink them every once in awhile but I am completely aware how bad they are for me. Sugary drinks are not good for your body. They are mostly filled with caffeine, calories, chemicals, and of course, A LOT of sugar. If you drink a lot of sugary drinks, it will cause weight gain, poor sleep cycle, and may make you crave more food.

Obesity is a huge problem in the U.S. We consume huge amounts of sugary drinks. Just think of the largest size drink you can get at the typical fast food place. It's pretty big and some people will finish that and get a refill.

Many people will get upset if the government limits sugary drink sizes. Take a second and think about the U.S. major health problems- obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. These can be limited if people stop consuming large amounts of sugary drinks (and of course, unhealthy foods).

In 2018, Baltimore signed "Healthy Kids Meals Bill". This bill makes restaurants limit the drinks they can give to children. The drinks must have no added sweeteners. If restaurants fail to do this, they could face a $100 fine. In my opinion, children shouldn't be given sugary drinks. I was allowed to have Kool-Aid with as much sugar as I wanted in it when I was a kid and I had to get 5 teeth pulled. That was before we knew the outcomes of frequent sugary drink consumption. Children do not need tons of sugar, caffeine, and all the unnecessary chemicals in them. Adults don't need them either!

Will limiting sugary drinks really work? The answer is yes. In 2015, the city of Berkeley, CA passed a penny-per-pound excise tax on sugary drinks. Within 3 years of implementing that, sugary drink consumption decreased by more than 50 percent. The tax money from this excise went to nutrition education and gardening programs in the local schools.

Cities around the nation talk about sugary drink bans. People are realizing that soda and other drinks with artificial ingredients and sugars in them will cause health issues. Even though there are plenty of sugary drink consumers that will be angry if this happens in their city, it will create healthier people.

So, what do you think of limiting sugary drinks?

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less
houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments