Actually this study shows that regularly drinking sugar-sweetened beverages can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes by 26% - that's 1-2 of these drinks a day. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20693348 @Kupotepo More resources: Sugary drinks and obesity https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320493.php https://www.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org/education/sweet_drinks_and_obesity/ https://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/data-statistics/sugar-sweetened-beverages-intake.html https://consumer.healthday.com/ency...on-news-316/kids-soda-and-obesity-644731.html https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/01/well/eat/studies-linked-to-soda-industry-mask-health-risks.html https://academic.oup.com/qjmed/article/110/8/513/3574201 That's just from the first page of Google results in searching "studies on soda and obesity". That last one also includes artificial sweeteners. More on artificial sweeteners: https://www.cnn.com/2016/10/10/health/diet-soda-may-do-more-harm-than-good/index.html http://theconversation.com/diet-soda-may-be-hurting-your-diet-96181 https://www.washingtonpost.com/nati...ory.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.a0da074fd0bb https://www.consumerreports.org/soda/mounting-evidence-against-diet-sodas/ Again, Google will provide you with many more results. These are articles, that, admittedly I've scanned. They have links to their own resources. I did not have a list of sources because my knowledge has come from reading a lot on the subject over the years, not just some study I read last week. I grew up obese and over my adult years have tried to change that and learn about a healthier lifestyle for myself, and to change the trend of obesity in mine and my husband's families into a healthy lifestyle for my children. One of the biggest ways we do this is by not keeping sugary beverages in our home. Most of the time we have only have coffee, unsweetened tea, water and almond milk (as most of us cannot tolerate dairy; we use almond milk primarily for putting in my protein shakes I have for breakfast or occasionally eating with cereal). We do occasionally let the kids have a soda or lemonade when we eat out at a restaurant or we might get lemonade or juice pouches for a special occasion like a birthday party. As a result, my kids voluntarily get a glass of water when they are thirsty and don't think twice about it. That's not the norm for many kids here in the states. And really, I know adults who have a hard time drinking plain water because they are so accustomed to drinking sweetened beverages.