(Pic: Fizzy drinks can seriously impact health and lifestyle. Credit: Pexels)
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As many people have already given up on their new years resolutions, Southwark council have started an initiative known as “Fizz Free February” to help reduce obesity throughout the borough. Fizzy drinks are the largest single source of sugar for children aged 11-18 and they provide an average of 29 per cent of daily sugar intake. Cutting the fizz means reducing your sugar intake. With every 33cl can of fizzy drinks containing 5 tablespoons (35g) of sugar, and 140 calories, everyday consumption can lead to weight gain amongst other medical illnesses including: heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Making the change now and switching from fizz to water, instead of later in life means creating healthier habits which can improve the quality of life in the future. Southwark Councillor Maisie Anderson stated: “A healthy lifestyle is about more than just kicking your taste for fizzy, high-sugar drinks, but it’s a good place to start.” Whether you’re a parent, carer, child or just interested in dropping some extra pounds, this initiative is a great stepping stone in helping you reach your goals.
If you are interested in finding out more about Southwark’s Fizz Free February, you can make a pledge to cut the fizz at www.southwark.gov.uk/gofizzfree and search the hashtag #gofizzfree on twitter to read some of the updates of those taking part and show some support.