Good News: All Hope is Not Lost!
It’s not often that we come across good news when we talk about the obesity epidemic and this nation’s rapidly declining physical and psychological health. We are bombarded with stories on a daily basis that show us exactly how fat, sick and lonely we as a society have become. Unfortunately, I’m just as guilty as the next guy in this respect, but I have come to the realization that this trend is somewhat counterproductive in the context of what I am trying to accomplish. Therefore, I have decided to take this opportunity to share a little good news and a little positive reinforcement that we are gaining a tremendous amount of ground in our journey to health and wellness.
A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that the observed consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB’s) has decreased by 68 Calories and 45 Calories for children and adults, respectively, between 1999 and 2010! This may not seem like a huge amount, but 50 to 60 Calories each day equals 350 to 420 Calories each week or 1,400 to 1,680 Calories a month. From a caloric perspective, this savings is huge! For a little bit more perspective, if you fall on the higher end of the SSB consumption spectrum, this could easily translate into losing 1 pound every two months (sticking with the convention that 3,500 Calories is equivalent to 1 pound of excess weight) without doing anything different besides drinking a little less Coke!
In my opinion, even more important than the caloric savings is a decrease in the consumption of high fructose corn syrup, whose consumption is known to have all sorts of negative metabolic effects on the body while contributing to the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Progress is definitely a good thing.