STUDY: Sugary Drinks Tied To Obesity

New research presented Friday conclusively ties sugary drinks like soda to America’s obesity epidemic. In a decades-long study of more than 33,000 Americans, sugary drinks were found to interact with genes that affect weight, significantly amplifying any genetic risk for obesity. Meanwhile, sugar-free drinks did not have any impact on obesity risk. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, is the strongest case yet for the link between added sugar and obesity — good news for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as New York City prepares to implement his ban on sodas larger than 16 ounces.