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CLOSER LOOK: Soda pop

Leah Woodburn, dietician for the Pediatric Clinic at the West Virginia University Health Services Center, on soft drinks:

"Typically, West Virginia children drink between one to three sodas every day. If we could do just that one thing, get kids to drink less soda pop, we would see a significant decline in childhood obesity rates.

"Each soda has about 80 grams of sugar in it. Eighty grams of sugar equals 20 teaspoons of sugar. A 20-ounce Orange Crush contains 20 teaspoons of sugar and 250 calories.

"We frequently see obese children who drink two chocolate milks at breakfast, two chocolate milks at lunch, then go home and have a soda as soon as they get off the school bus.

"Just 500 extra calories every day, for seven days, equals one pound weight gain. That's a pound a week from two sodas a day. Think about that."


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