Marlton, NJ (PRWEB) March 29, 2013
More than 25,000 people die every year in the United States from preventable diseases, according to a recent study released by Harvard’s School of Public Health at the March 2013 Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism Scientific Sessions and made public by multiple media outlets, including USA Today, in March 2013. Those deaths, the data claims, are rooted in the consumption of sugary sodas and other sweetened beverages, which lead to the development of chronic diseases such diabetes and cancer. Globally, the study points to a rising death toll of about 180,000 per year – all because of heavy sugar content in soft drinks. Response from the American Beverage Association has been swift, denouncing the science in the report as sensationalism, according to published reports in a March 2013 article in USA Today and dozens of other national media outlets. Still, the information has many, including personal injury attorney Richard P. Console Jr., asking questions about possible reforms to reduce the rates of disease and save more lives.
“It’s no secret that sodas contain high amounts of sugar and other sweeteners,” he said. “What’s shocking is the cumulative these drinks have on the body. If the data in this report is true, we’re quite literally drinking ourselves to death and creating a significant drag on our healthcare system in the process. But does that matter? As Americans, if we want to consume as much soda as want, isn’t that our right?”
In his latest article, “A Big Gulp of Death” Console digs into the data involving obesity in the United States and the occurrences of chronic disease. He explores the costs our nation pays every year to treat these conditions, and how the government has shown varying responses to either curtail beverage consumption, or promote it. Is what we put in our bodies on the frontline of freedoms we may have to one day give up?