Blog: Lucy BritnerWhich calories count?

Lucy Britner | 8 June 2016

What a week for stats! Yesterday, the Beverage Marketing Corporation released figures to show the bottled water market had more than doubled over the past 15 years in the US.

The company asserted that the move was a response to consumers looking to be more healthy. At the same time, the report showed that all other liquid refreshment beverages (LRBs), including energy drinks and CSDs, declined in both volume and individual consumption over the period.

"New analysis shows switch to bottled water from other drinks saves the average person the caloric equivalent of 87 cheeseburgers per year," the study said.

Except it seems some didn't get the memo about not eating 87 extra cheeseburgers.

In the same week, the Centre for Disease Control in the US said nearly a third of Americans over the age of 20 reported they were obese in 2015.

Soft drinks have long been the poster child for obesity problems. Is it time to look more closely at food?

Sectors: Soft drinks, Water

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