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Over the years I have sounded the alarm for the increased obesity rates that is truly crippling society in every age range. It is actually one of the main reasons I wrote my book Body Plan for Kids. Both adults and children alike are compromising their health and future because of what they put in their body and because of a sedentary lifestyle.

There is not one single reason that researchers, physicians and fitness experts can point to as the primary culprit. Rather, it is a number of factors. For today, I would like to focus on one of the biggest factors I see soft drinks. Next time you pick up that can of soda or two liter, read the nutritional information (or lack of). On one of the leading brands, eight ounces of the soft drink had 27 grams of sugar! How often do you pour a much larger glass or have your favorite fast food place super size it to the 32 once size? Before justifying the fact that you drink diet sodas, know that they are equally as bad for you.

So what should you drink, especially as you are outdoors more in spring and summer months? Water is always you best bet. Many people tell me, however, that they want something with more flavor. Try adding some of your favorite fruit as a healthy and flavorful addition.

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