Soda has become a sugary drink that is consumed by children on a daily basis and is now being blamed for contributing to the obesity problem in America.
In past generations, the consumption of sugary drinks was rare in the diet of the youth. Soda was a treat that accompanied popcorn at the movie or for the rare pizza night. Now soda consumption is as common as drinking water was for the children of the 1980s and the decades prior.
Many find soda consumption has led to childhood obesity in America resulting in research into this theory. I agree. As a child, I rarely drank soda and never had an issue with weight. Research findings from three separate studies published in New England Journal of Medicine suggested that children who consume soda on a regular basis have higher Body Mass Index (BMI) than children that do not consume sodas on a regular basis.
Since children do not decide what type of beverages will be available for consumption in their homes, parents must be more proactive in ensuring soda consumption is limited. This is easier said than done because soda is readily available to children and parents, much like myself, have difficulty in telling our children no. I do not drink water and feel bad when I have to make my children drink it even if it is the healthy choice. The truth is I am making the wrong choice for my children so I am to blame. If parents can learn to say no, it will reduce the odds of childhood obesity and slow down weight gain. There have been various scientific studies conducted that have provided clear proof that the surge in the consumption of soda has contributed to the near-tripling of the nation’s obesity rate over the last four decades.
Now that the proof is in, it is time to be proactive in limiting the child’s access to soda and stopping the growing cases of childhood obesity in America. I plan to restrict my children access to soda and encourage them to drink water.
According to the CDC, there are 12.5 million children in America suffering from obesity. By discovering through research that soda plays a significant factor in obesity, it can only help in the fight against the disease.
While soda is not the only factor driving obesity, its contribution can result in a large amount of calorie consumption. Because I decide what calories my children consume, I am responsible for limiting the amount of unhealthy calories they consume. It is time for parents to take responsibility and to make the hard choices when it comes to ensuring a healthy lifestyle for our children.