The average United States citizen consumes 56 gallons of soda per year.
(Source: 2007 What America Drinks report, carried out by the Milk Processor Education Program)
That equals 106 two liter bottles of soda in one year -- or twenty ounces of the sugary drink every single day!
In 1980, annual per capita soda consumption totaled 35 gallons. In 1970? 24.3 gallons.
The reason for today's shockingly high figure is clear -- availability of increasingly larger sizes!
For example, 7-11 launched the 32 ounce Big Gulp in 1980, and the 64 ounce Double Big Gulp in 1988.
These are, undoubtedly, a large portion of the extra calories contributing to rising overweight and obesity rates.