GaryTaubes is the author of "Good Calories, Bad Calories" and "Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It". In those books (as in this 2002 NY Times article which eventually was turned into the two books) Mr. Taubes linked excessive consumption of sugar end refined carbohydrates to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. In 2011 he added an article linking sugar to cancer.
Yet it turns out that Mr. Taubes has been underestimating the evils of sugar. Via Glenn we see a researcher linking autism to excessive carbohydrate consumption; other researchers are a step away from demonstrating a link to Alzheimers.
That is a a heck of a list of health hazards associated with giving your kid a soda pop (or having one yourself).
I stand by this earlier Bold Prediction: sugar is going the way of cigarettes.