Harvard Study: Sugary Drinks Cause 180,000 Deaths a Year

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    A new survey has found that sugar-sweetened drinks are linked to more than 180,000 obesity-related deaths throughout the world each year. The study comes from new research presented at an American Heart Association conference, reports CNN.

    The study’s author, Gitanjali Singh, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, said that means “every 100 deaths from obesity-related diseases is caused by drinking sugary beverages.”

    Just last week New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s law that would have banned such drinks from being sold in quantities larger than 16 ounces was said to be unlawful.

    Bloomberg noted in his defense to critics of the law, that “this year, more people will die form over eating than from starvation.”

    Mississippi recently passed an “anti-Bloomberg” law, which prohibits counties within the state from enacting legislation that requires calorie counts or imposes limits on beverage sizes. Bloomberg dismissed the law and others like it that have been proposed in different areas of the country.

    The study found that Mexico had the highest death rates from sugary drinks among larger counties, CNN reported. Bangladesh had the lowest. The United States landed in third place, the network said.

    The American Beverage Association dismissed the research as “more about sensationalism than science.”

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