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Wyomingites Among States Consuming The Most Unhealthy Sugary Drinks

Simon Cousins

A new study suggests that Americans drink too many sugary beverages, and Wyomingites are some of the biggest culprits.

Jennifer Chevinsky, a physician with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and her team looked at data from the National Health Interview Survey.

The survey asked participants about how many sugary drinks they consume; that includes soda, energy drinks, and sweetened coffee, tea, and fruit drinks.

"Overall, 63 percent of U.S. adults reported drinking sugary drinks at least one time per day," said Chevinsky. "Across the nation, drinking sugary drinks is happening very commonly."

The study also looked at the results of that question state-by-state.

"Wyoming was among six states that had a prevalence of daily sugary drink intake above 70 percent," she said. "In Wyoming, a bit over 73 percent of adults were drinking sugary drinks daily."

Chevinsky said sugary drinks can lead to health problems like obesity, type-2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and cavities. She said fruit-infused water or unsweetened coffee and tea can make good substitutes. More healthy alternatives can be found on the CDC website.

Have a question about this story? Please contact the reporter, Ashley Piccone, at apiccone@uwyo.edu.

Ashley is a PhD student in Astronomy and Physics at UW. She loves to communicate science and does so with WPM, on the Astrobites blog, and through outreach events. She was born in Colorado and got her BS in Engineering Physics at Colorado School of Mines. Ashley loves hiking and backpacking during Wyoming days and the clear starry skies at night!

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