The Straits Times
Published on Sep 22, 2012

Soda studies cite stronger link to obesity


NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Americans debate what is most to blame for the nation's obesity epidemic, researchers say they have the strongest evidence yet that sugary drinks play a leading role and that eliminating them would, more than any other single step, make a huge difference.

Three studies published on Friday in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) represent the most rigorous effort yet to see if there is a link between sugar-sweetened beverages and expanding United States (US) waistlines.

"I know of no other category of food whose elimination can produce weight loss in such a short period of time," said Dr David Ludwig, director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children's Hospital, who led one of the studies.

"The most effective single target for an intervention aimed at reducing obesity is sugary beverages."