America's unhealthy habit gets an adjustment

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Reported by: MirandaChristian
Updated: 10/09/2012 10:25 am Published: 10/08/2012 9:39 pm

Some nutritionists say we're drinking ourselves to death when it comes to soft drinks.

Americans have an addiction to soda, and now, like you've already seen at McDonald's, you may soon see nutritional information posted on vending machines.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than a third of American adults and 17 percent of children are obese.

"Obesity is an epidemic in the country,” said Nutrition Consultant Cece Davis. "The average American drinks 50 gallons of soda per year."

"I’m trying to get completely away from it," said Sonny Thompson, who said she's stocking up on soda for Thanksgiving.

"People that drink more than 12 ounces, a can of pop a day, increase their risk for metabolic syndrome by 50 percent."

That includes diet soda, according to some studies. 26 million Americans suffer from diabetes. Davis fears that number will increase.

Until calories were posted next to meals, fewer people weren't aware just how bad they were eating.

Sometime next year, you could see calorie counts on soda machines. It will be tested soon in San Antonio and Chicago. Each button will have a reminder that a drink with a lower calorie count is also available.

Sonny said she doesn't drink as many as she used to.

"I've started losing weight since I haven't been drinking as many pops," said Thompson.

The idea is to get a handle on a problem that has outgrown every effort so far.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed less strict rules for vending machines such as posters beside the machines, rather than on the machines themselves.

Coke, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper-Snapple Group all say they're on board with suggesting lower calorie alternatives.

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