Three studies published online in the New England Journal of Medicine underline the impact of sugary drinks and sodas on the growing obesity epidemic and concluded that eliminating such drinks could make a huge difference in the fight against obesity.
The first study was a decade-long one that involved over 33,000 Americans found that regularly consuming sugary drinks actually enhances a person's risk of weight gain far beyond what is accrued through heredity alone.
Two other studies involved children and teens and found that providing calorie-free alternatives to the sugary drinks could lead to less weight gain in these people.
Dr. David Ludwig, director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children's Hospital, who led one of the studies, said that there was no other category of food whose elimination led to such a direct effect on weight loss, "The most effective single target for an intervention aimed at reducing obesity is sugary beverages," he told the Daily Mail.
The studies were also presented at an obesity conference in San Antonio on Friday.