What Kills 180,000 People Each Year Worldwide?

By Ted

Sugary beverages, that’s what……

Researchers studying world disease data from 2010 formulated that 180,000 people died from diseases that can directly be related to sugary beverage consumption.



They said that 25,000 of these deaths are in the USA and 78% are from low to middle income countries.

Now, I’m sure that their math calculations were a bit too complex for me to understand, but I think there would be a lot of other factors at play here.

Sugar just isn’t consumed in beverage form and sugar as the only factor involved in disease formation would be a stretch as well. Diabetes, heart disease, and cancer are pretty multifaceted diseases and usually can’t be attributed to just one factor.

What do you think? Are sugary beverages really to blame for all those deaths?


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  1. James B

    I think it’s not just the sugar content! Many of these “pop” drinks have chemicals for preservatives or added unnatural sugars (such as aspertame)! I just think they’re very unnecessary! If we banned such products or really developed social awareness about them the general population would learn to love other, healthier beverages instead!!

  2. Gracie

    i believe these companies do need to change the way they make these drinks or a law needs to come out where they have a warning label on the bottles. Children should not be able to drink these as they ruin there teeth also.

  3. Tamar

    “However, experts cautioned the study found only an association, and cannot prove that sugar-sweetened beverage consumption caused these deaths. Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) are often just part of a bad diet that contributes to poor health.”

    It’s important to notice that the experts are not saying sugary beverages CAUSED the deaths! I do, however, think they are terribly unhealthy and that the amount of sugar in sodas and other sugary beverages is beyond what anyone needs, especially since it is probably not the only source of sugar in the diets of people who consume these.

  4. Spectra

    Eh, I’d take this with a grain of salt. It could be a case of correlation and not causation–maybe people died from things like diabetes and heart disease and drank some sugary drinks from time to time but there could be plenty of other people out there who are active and drink sugary beverages with no problems. I’m not saying soda or sugary drinks are healthy but the amount of sugar you can tolerate is usually related to how active you are in your day-to-day life.

    • O.

      I liked your comment Spectra.

      I’d also like to add that it seems that the fact that the same companies make sugarless sodas and go to great lengths to improve their tastes and market them to men and other people who are reluctant to use them seems to be ignored a lot among anti-soda people.