Myth

The obesity epidemic can be reversed if people stop drinking soda.

Fact

Sugar-sweetened beverages account for only 6% of calories in the average American’s diet, according to government data. With 94% of our calories coming from other foods and beverages, meaningful steps to reduce obesity need to look at the bigger picture.

Obesity is a complex problem that cannot be solved by focusing on a small piece of the total diet. Science shows that being overweight or obese is caused by an imbalance between “calories in,” the calories we consume through all foods and beverages, and “calories out,” those we burn through basic body functions, daily activities and regular exercise. We also know that variables such as lifestyle, genetics, age, culture, income and more play a role. Focusing on one product — soda — ignores the bigger problem and doesn’t offer real solutions.

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