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Bubbling Over: Soda Consumption and Its Link to Obesity in California

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Summary: This article outlines the research carried out by the University of California Los Angeles. The research was done in order to discover if there was a link between the amount of soda consumed and obesity rates. The researchers concluded that people who regularly consume at least one soda, or other highly sweetened beverage, a day were 27% more likely to be obese. The study also found that in an average bottle of soda, there are 17 teaspoons of sugar. This is nearly twice the amount of sugar that is recommended by the FDA.  Although the study was concerned with only people in California, the results can be generalized to all of America.

Rhetorical Context: The source of this information came from the University of California Los Angeles. Organizations within UCLA were specifically involved (The Center for Health Policy Research and The California Center for Public Health Advocacy). The target audience is most likely other researchers, but also the general public. The four authors of this piece, Susan Babey, Malia Jones, Hongjian Yu, and Harold Goldstein, all work at The Center for Health Policy Research. They are senior analysts, graduate students, and executive directors.

Evaluation: This article will likely be a staple in my argument. The research provided statistical evidence that drinking soda is directly related to the incidence of obesity. The study is extremely credible and detailed. It was also conducted fairly recently which will give ethos to my argument.


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