- consumption /kuhn-SUHMP-shuhn/
- verify /VER-uh-fahy/
- participant /pahr-TIS-uh-puhnt/
- diagnose /DAHY-uhg-nohs/
- diminish /dih-MIN-ish/
[noun] the amount used or eaten
When national fuel consumption is low, the price of gas declines.
[verb] to prove that something exists or is true
I need to verify everything about your proposal for this year’s foundation day.
[noun] a person who takes part in or becomes involved in a particular activity
The choir member loves to sing but doesn’t know if she wants to be a participant in the recital.
[verb] to recognize and name the exact character of a disease or a problem, by examining it
Mary’s father was diagnosed with a brain tumor two years ago.
[verb] to reduce or be reduced in size or importance
The money in my bank account began to diminish when I made several large purchases.
Moreover, age, gender, educational attainment, family history of cancer, smoking habits, and recreational activities were also considered other risk factors of cancer in the study. According to Ian Johnson, a nutrition expert, “The results indicate statistically significant correlations between the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks and risk of all cancers combined, and of breast cancer.” Mathilde Touvier, lead author of the study also concluded, “What we observed was that the main driver of the association seems to be really the sugar contained in these sugary drinks.” She recommended that people should be aware of public health guidelines that diminish sugary drinks consumption to at least one glass a day.
True or False:
- Drinking even a small portion of sugar-sweetened beverages per day could lead to 22% increased risk of all types of cancer and 18% risk of breast cancer.
- The research team observed 100,000 respondents for more than 8 years.
- Men consumed 92.5 ml of sugary drinks every day compared to women who consumed 70.6 ml per day.
- Age, gender, educational attainment, and family history of cancer were considered to be risk factors of cancer.
- Based on the results of the study, at an average age of 55, 693 participants were diagnosed to have breast cancer, 291 with prostate cancer and 166 with colorectal cancer.
- Do you agree that consuming even a small amount of a sugary drink can still lead to cancer? Why or why not?
- Aside from cancer, what other diseases can people get from eating or drinking too much sugar? Cite your answers.
- What do you think is the best alternative for sugar-sweetened beverages? Tell me more about it.
- Do you love to drink sodas and juices? Why or why not?
- What do you think are the best ways to avoid cancer? Elaborate your answers.
Express Your Opinion:
- “High sugary drinks consumption is a risk factor for obesity and weight gain.”
– Mathilde Touvier
- “It’s important for people to know that all beverages — either with sugar or without are safe to consume as part of a balanced diet.” – Danielle Smotkin
- “No matter what the statistics say, there is always a way.” – Bernie Siegel