Drinking Water is Great, But Drinking Less Soda is Better Message

Statement of CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson


We're delighted that First Lady Michelle Obama is urging people to drink more water. But we hope people also take that advice to mean that they should drink less soda. There's not exactly a hydration crisis in this country that needs solving. Rather, the problem is that Americans are getting too many nutritionally worthless calories from sugar water. Soda and other sugar drinks are one of the biggest promoters of obesity and diabetes, and advocating drinking more actual water and less sugar water is one of the most important messages that Let's Move could deliver.