Fat soda 

A look at the numbers

Number of pounds a person can gain if he or she drinks one soda a day for a year: 15

Number of teaspoons of sugar, most of which is high-fructose corn syrup, in one 12-ounce serving of soda: 10

Percentage of overweight or obese adults in Georgia: 59

Approximate annual medical cost for each overweight or obese person in Georgia: $250

Georgia's rank of obesity among all states: 14

Rank of obesity as a factor of diabetes: 1

Approximate number of adults in Georgia, as of 2003, who have diabetes: 740,000

Approximate pounds of high-fructose corn syrup consumed annually per capita in 2005: 59

Profits of Coca-Cola Enterprises in 2005: $514 million

Estimated annual medical cost, as of 2002, of diabetes nationwide: $92 billion

Sources: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Georgia Division of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Diabetes Association, New York Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution



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