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Lay Off The Soda, Southeastern Indiana

Posted On September 14, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

(Cincinnati, Oh.) – About half of southeastern Indiana residents drink seven or more sugary drinks in a week.

That’s according to the latest data from the 2017 Community Health Survey from Interact for Health. The survey, which has looked at many other aspects of tri-state residents’ health, polled 4,261 people by telephone in 22 Cincinnati area counties between August 2016 and March 2017.

Across the tri-state, about 40 percent of residents have a sugary drink per day. That number is closer to five in 10 people in the southeastern Indiana counties of Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland.

“Sugar adds calories to a person’s diet without providing the nutrients needed to be healthy,” explains Dr. O’dell Owens, president and CEO of Interact for Health.

Studies have shown that drinking one or more regular soda or sugar-sweetened drink per day can increase the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting added sugars to 10 percent of daily calories.

“If people consume more than that, they may not get the nutrients they need from fruits, grains, vegetables, protein and dairy products,” says Owens.

Image source: Interact for Health.

Interact for Health’s survey found that people residing in rural areas are more likely to have sugary drinks daily. The rate is 48 percent in southeastern

Indiana. Northern Kentucky’s rural counties were surveyed at 59 percent. In rural southwestern Ohio, the rate is 53 percent.

In contrast, only 37 percent of folks in the City of Cincinnati had at least one sugary drink or soda each day of the week. In Hamilton County suburbs, the rate was only 32 percent.

The survey also determined that adults with less income, men, and African Americans were more likely to drink sugary beverages.