Stats and a simple can of soda
A simple can of soda can bring on an incredible amount of horror when you start applying some simple statistics and comparative imagery.
Case in point: Hampton Roads is home to 1.5 million adults ages 18 or older. Local research suggests that 833,583 of these adults drinks at least one regular soda per week.
Using the most conservative consumption amount of a single 12 ounce can that translates into the following:
- In less than 9 weeks’ time, Hampton Roads residents consumed enough regular soda to fill one Olympic sized pool. That means more than six pools will be fill by this time next year.
- If you were to stack each can from end to end. One weeks’ worth of consumption would be the length of 64 miles; the same distance it takes to travel from the Virginia Beach’s Oceanfront to Jamestown Settlement. Stacked on top of each other, that’s the same distance to space (it’s 62 miles to space). In ten months’ time the length would stretch from the Virginia Beach’s Oceanfront to San Diego’s Imperial Beach (2,764 miles)?
- One day’s worth of consumption is equal to 10,239 pounds of sugar or 4.6 tons. That’s the same weight as two cars or two white rhinos.
- It would only take 71 days to fill the new Cape Henry Lighthouse at Fort Story in Virginia Beach with the regular soda consumed by Hampton Roads residents.
Now let’s talk about diet soda…maybe not. Take our word for it, these stats are even more upsetting.
Source: Nielsen, Scarborough Research, March 2017 (Geography: Hampton Roads Designated Market Area)