33% of 5-19 year olds in Virginia consume at least one sugar-sweetened beverage every day.
Since the 1950s, the average size of a fountain drink in the U.S. has increased by 500%.
For each sugar-sweetened beverage consumed per day, a child's risk of becoming overweight increases by 60%.
Drinking a sugar-sweetened beverage or two each day increases your risk for type 2 diabetes by 25%.
New research suggests that 180,000 deaths worldwide are linked to sugar-sweetened beverages each year.
Research suggests that liquid calories (such as calories from sugar-sweetened beverages) are more likely to cause weight gain than calories from solid food. Why? The human body does not recognize liquid calories in the same way, so people are less likely to reduce their caloric intake to compensate for the sugar-sweetened beverage they consumed earlier in the day.