In contradiction to the current obesity epidemic is the surprising but static increase of the consumption of water by Americans. According to an article on Quartz entitled Charted: US consumption of bottled water has finally caught up to soda the steady decrease of soda consumption is parallel to the steady increase of water consumption by Americans since 2001. Water consumption is predicted to soon surpass soda consumption by Americans.
“I drink more water than soda,” said Phoua Thao, an American teen. “I think this means America will be healthier,” continued Thao when informed about the increased water consumption.
“I hardly ever even drink soda,” said Veronika Gudimenko, another American teen. “I drink water and coffee, but never soda,” finished Gudimenko.
With teens already choosing water over soda, America’s youth seems to be on the right track to a living a healthier life than the many current adults who suffer from obesity, as they were the ones who were teens when soda consumption reached its peak of 54 gallons a year in 1998.
Due to soda causing obesity and other illnesses, Americans have been rejecting the sugary filed beverage. An article on Business Insider entitled The future of Coke and Pepsi depends on this unlikely beverage states that popular soda companies have recently witnessed a decline in the sale of their carbonated soda drinks. Thus the companies are now more dependent on the sale of their water products, which are Dasani for Coke and Aquafina for Pepsi, for financial success.
Within the context of this increase in water consumption combating widespread obesity an article on Nestle Waters entitled Obesity and drinking water states that those who drank water as a first source for hydration when dieting would experience weight loss and schoolchildren who did the same would stabilize their weight. Obesity rates according to an article entitled Liquid Candy states that soda is responsible for 10.3% of the calories consumed by overweight teenage boys, and 7.6% of the calories in other boys.
Considering these facts the increase water consumption by Americans can possibly create a slightly happier nation as being overweight tends to result in psychological consequences such as anxiety, low self-esteem, and depression. This is also due to modern culture, however, emphasizing slim, toned bodies, according to an article on MentalHelp.net entitled Pdychological Condequences Of Being Overweight, as obese or overweight people tend to be looked down upon.
However, one’s reason for choosing water over soda should not simply be motivated by the fact they may be more accepted by society, but because they truly desire to be healthy-as the same article states that those overweight tend to have less energy than their normal weight peers due to it taking them more effort to be active. As a result they tend to lead lifestyles with low-activity.
Such a lifestyle hinders one’s potential and ultimately develops an impaired society that eventually will no longer have any purpose.
At the same time water consumption is on the rise, a proposal for a soda tax was rejected due to lack of
support from members of the Assembly Health Committee. According to an article on Capital Public Radio entitled California Soda Tax Joins Line Of Failed Sugar Deterrents, opponents to the bill said taxes or warning labels are not likely to change the behavior and may adversely affect poor people. The profits from this bill would have been used to support obesity clinics, diabetes, and oral health. However, considering the increased water consumption, these issues Americans face may fade away with the better health decisions made by individuals on their own, instead of by the force of the government via economic laws. Essentially, people’s natural self – control may obliterate avoidable illnesses.
The increased water consumption in America is a good sign of a healthier future. Moreover, not only will individuals be healthy, but happy as well. Hopefully, this leads to future generations making healthier choices not only in the consumption of their beverages but in their food as well. Increased water consumption is a major step and contribution in the creation of a better future for America, but still is not the only step that should be made. Along with this individuals should eat better and be more active, as beverage intake is only one piece in a larger puzzle of bettering one’s health.