Teens Are Drinking So Much Soda, They Could Bathe In It


It's no secret that America has a sugar problem -- it's a sneaky ingredient that seems to pop up in all of our foods, drinks and snacks. But did you know England does too?

Particularly, a 2015 national diet survey found that children of all ages were drinking way too much sugar; and a Cancer Research UK study corroborates this after claiming that U.K. teenagers actually drink 234 cans of soda every single year.

Did you know that's enough sugary drink to fill up a bathtub? Yeah -- U.K. teens could literally bathe in soda.

Per BBC, about four teaspoons of sugar per day is actually the cap on how much a five-year-old should consume, while 10-year-olds can get away with about five teaspoons; after that six teaspoons is the upper limit for teenagers and adults.

Just for some context, one can of your standard soda actually contains nine teaspoons of sugar, which means it has already exceeded an adult's suggested sugar limit by a full three teaspoons.

Per BBC, the survey data states:

  1. Pre-school children drink the equivalent of nearly 70 cans of fizzy cola
  2. Children aged four to 10 drink the equivalent of 110 cans a year (nearly half a bathtub)
  3. Teenagers drink more than the equivalent of 234 cans each a year (a bathtub):

In March 2016, the government decided to try to take action against this staggering statistic, and promised to impose a tax on sugary drinks in England. The tax was proposed for $645 million, and would make soft drink companies cough up some cash for their sugary beverages if they contained one teaspoon or more per every 3.4 fluid ounces. 

As Alison Cox, the director of prevention at Cancer Research UK, told Telegraph: "It's shocking that teenagers are drinking the equivalent of a bathtub of sugary drinks a year.

"We urgently need to stop this happening and the good news is that the Government's sugar tax will play a crucial role in helping to curb this [behavior]. The ripple effect of a small tax on sugary drinks is enormous, and it will give soft drinks companies a clear incentive to reduce the amount of sugar in drinks.

"When coupled with the Government's plan to reduce sugar in processed food, we could really see an improvement to our diets.

"But the Government can do more to give the next generation a better chance, by closing the loophole on junk food advertising on TV before the 9pm watershed. The UK has an epidemic on its hands, and needs to act now."