September 19, 2007
To fight the battle of the bulge, many people watch what they eat.
But for many people, the pounds pile on, and they don't know why.
Health experts say the answer to that question could be one of your favorite bubbly drinks.
Obesity researchers say these, sweetened drinks are the only specific food that clinical research has directly linked to weight gain.
Studies show that soft drinks contribute about 10 percent of the calories in the American diet.
"If you drink one container of coke a day, if you have one of those every single day in one year, you'll actually gain ten pounds," said Susan Cluett, a nurse at the UVA Health System.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest is pushing to require obesity warning labels on the sides of soda cans, similar to the Surgeon General's warning on cigarettes.