It is no secret that soda and other sweetened beverages contain large amounts of sugar that can lead to tooth decay and cause weight gain. What some might not know is that multiple studies reveal that sugary drinks do more harm than cause cavities or make your clothes fit tighter.

Heavy consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages can have a significant, negative impact on overall health. Sugar-sweetened drinks include regular soda, fruit drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sugar-sweetened water.

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Sugary drinks have been linked to obesity, bone fractures and osteoporosis, kidney issues, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. The following information outlines the health complications that have been linked to the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and provides tips for a healthier lifestyle.

Kids are heavy consumers of sugary drinks, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and they are drinking them at alarmingly high rates. A recent National Health and Nutrition Examination study revealed the following facts on the consumption of sugar drinks by children and teens and the results are anything but sweet:

The consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks in the United States has increased over the last 30 years in both children and adults.

Teenagers and young adults consume more sugar drinks than other age groups.

Males consume more sugar drinks than females. Among boys aged 2-19, 70% consume sugary drinks on a given day.

A full third of teenage boys drink at least three cans of soda a day.

The consumption of sugar drinks, especially among young children and teens is a serious problem in our country. Sugar-sweetened beverages are an increasingly large part of children's and teens' diets. Just one 12-ounce can of soda contains anywhere from 31 to 46 grams of sugar depending on the type of soda.