Two Kids Smiling and Drinking Water

What are you drinking? Say it ain’t soda, sports drinks, energy drinks or juice boxes. These types of drinks are called “sugar-sweetened beverages.” They’re packed with sugar and calories and have been linked to numerous health problems.

Kids aged 12 to 19 consume the most sugar-sweetened beverages. The impact this consumption has on youth is significant. When you give your child sugary drinks every day, they consume up to 50 pounds of sugar every year. Each additional 12-ounce soft drink consumed per day increases a child’s odds of becoming obese by 60%. This overconsumption helps fuel the ever-growing rate of childhood obesity in the U.S., now at a staggering 17%.

The sugar-sweetened problem extends beyond just our children, too—especially in Oklahoma. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the majority of young adult Oklahomans ages 18-34 drink at least one sugary drink per day—more than any other state in the U.S. The amount of sugar this group consumes conservatively adds up to nearly 21 million pounds of added sugar per year!

When it comes to healthy drinks, soda, sports drinks and juice boxes don’t make the cut. It’s time to rethink your drink. Instead of choosing sugary drinks, drink water! It has no sugar or calories, helping you maintain a healthy weight. It keeps you hydrated too, preventing headaches and fatigue. Plus, you can drink water almost anywhere, as it’s always available! You can even add mouthwatering additions like fresh or frozen fruits and veggies to make it even more refreshing!

Explore the links below to learn more about the benefits of water. You can find out how much water you need each day with our water intake recommendation chart, and don’t forget to check out our tasty infused water recipes!

Sources: Harvard School of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention