Whatever would make a person think that starting your day with a pop and then drinking (on average for Albertans) a litre of it. It's sugar water flavoured with ingredients from a secret recipe and things like phophoric acid to give it a bit of tang. And carbonic acid - the bubbles, you know.
North Americans are battling an obesity epidemic. Soft drinks supply hundreds of "empty calories" and people drink them without thinking about the sugar content. The pictures here are coke but that's just because they're easy to find. Other pops are no better. It isn't only obesity, either. Drinking large quantities of pop leads to type two diabetes that, in the past was more commonly diagnosed in older people. Type two diabetes can have the same devastating effects on health as type one. Amputations, loss of vision, kidney failure and neuropathy. Consuming large amounts of soft drink can contribute to heart disease.
Warnings from researchers and health professionals do no good. A recent study showed the problems that can result from soft drink consumption and its authors would like the provincial government to tax pop, suggesting 5 cents per 100 mL as an amount that might deter our addiction to the sugary beverages. The thinking is that people would drink less and some of the health problems its consumption causes might decrease. At this time, the province has no plans to levy at tax on soft drinks. One MLA suggested education is the answer. If people don't know by now that drinking a litre of more of sugar loaded soft drink every day isn't good for you, another ad campaign won't help. Which leads us back to the original question...why do we poison ourselves?
Yes, I'm of a certain age but I'm pretty spry and like to think still smart enough.