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SUGARY DRINKS LINKED TO 180,000 DEATHS WORLDWIDE

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LAST UPDATED: Dec-17-2018

Sugary drinks linked to 180,000 deaths worldwide

By Leslie Wade, CNN
March 19, 2013 — Updated 2125 GMT (0525 HKT)


(CNN) — Sugar-sweetened beverages are linked to more than 180,000 obesity-related deaths worldwide each year, according to new research presented this week at an American Heart Association conference.

“This means about one in every 100 deaths from obesity-related diseases is caused by drinking sugary beverages,” says study author Gitanjali Singh, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Among the world’s 35 largest countries, Mexico had the highest death rates from sugary drinks, and Bangladesh had the lowest, according to the study. The United States ranked third.

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