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UNC Study: Sugary Drinks Likely Linked to Escalating Obesity in Mexico

Mexico has some of the world’s highest levels of both childhood and adult obesity, and a new study from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill may have identified one of the main culprits – sugary beverages. The study, titled “Caloric beverages were major sources of energy among children and adults in Mexico, 1999-2012”, was co-led by Dr. Barry Popkin, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Dr. Juan Rivera, deputy director of the Center for Research in Nutrition and Health at Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health, in Cuernevaca, México. The study’s results showed a variety of increases in caloric consumption of beverages within that period.