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VIDEO: New York City Health Department unveils latest "Man Eating Sugar" ad

There are 16 packets of sugar in one 20-ounce soda.

Stop eating — and drinking — so much sugar!

The CDC announced today they'll be running the New York City Health Department’s “Man Eating Sugar” TV ad as part of their obesity prevention campaign.

Look for this ad to pop up on TV screens in New York City as well as media markets across the country, from Hawaii to Maine. The 30-second spot shows a young man guzzling 16 packets of sugar while seated at a diner counter. That same amount of sugar is found in a 20 ounce soft drink, but many people may not realize it while they sip away.

“Few of us would knowingly eat the 16 spoons full of sugar found in a typical 20-ounce sugary drink,” said Dr. Thomas Farley, New York City Health Commissioner. “This ad shows people are doing just that without recognizing it. Sugary drinks, with huge portion sizes and heavy advertising, are powering the obesity epidemic.”

Between 2007 and 2010, the percentage of New Yorkers who drink one or more sugary drinks a day fell from 36 percent to 30 percent, according to the Health Department, which conducted a telephone survey.

Health officials suggest drinking water, seltzer, or low-fat milk, or even coffee or tea instead of non-diet sodas.

 
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