Survey reveals harsh perception of fizzy drinks

Survey reveals harsh perception of fizzy drinks

A quarter of UK adults questioned in a YouGov survey draw a direct link between fizzy drinks and obesity.

The survey of nearly 2,500 adults also found that three quarters of those questioned considered soft drinks bad for teeth.

Nearly a third favoured banning all adverts for carbonated or sugary soft drinks and two thirds of respondents expressed concern about the influence drinks companies wield on young children.

The YouGov poll shows that soft drinks companies have work to do if they want to convince the public that their products are not bad for consumers' health.

"Soft drinks account for only 2% on average of daily energy intake so it is misleading to suggest that they play a significant role in obesity," Jille Ardagh, director general of the British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA), told just-drinks today (18 June).

"Obesity is multifactoral and cannot be attributed to any single cause," she said. More than 60% of soft drinks in the UK contain no added sugar, according to the BSDA.