In fact, Bayne says, during the period from 1999 through 2010, when obesity was rising, sugar intake from beverages was decreasing. During that period, she says, sugars from soda consumption fell 39% even as the percentage of obese kids jumped 13% and obese adults climbed 7%.
Mayor Bloomberg was unavailable, but his deputy press secretary, Samantha Levine, says Coke's numbers have more fizz than fact. "The fact remains," she says, "sugary beverages are a key driver of the obesity crisis that is killing 5,800 New Yorkers and costing the city $4 billion annually."
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