Media Statement

30 June, 2015

Soft drinks are not the root cause of chronic disease

Responding to research published in the American Heart Association’s Circulation journal, Australian Beverages Council CEO Geoff Parker states:

“This is ultimately scaremongering. In no way does the study show that soft drink consumption is a unique cause of diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer.

“Focusing on soft drink consumption alone misses the bigger picture of the causes of chronic diseases.

“The study provides no evidence, related to consumption alone, when they incorrectly take beverage intake calculations from around the globe and allege that those beverages are the cause of deaths, which the authors themselves acknowledge are due to chronic disease.

“The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010, from where the quoted study has obtained their data, suggests that in Australia the biggest causes of mortality or poor health include factors such as obesity, smoking, poor diet and low physical activity. Sugar sweetened beverage consumption ranked low in comparison.”

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For more information contact:

Geoff Parker, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Beverages Council, M: 0407 646 195

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