A World Health Organization report said a "sugar tax" that increases the price of sugar-sweetened beverages by 20% or more can reduce consumption and improve nutrition. The WHO called for reducing consumption of added sugars and said taxes or financial incentives also seem to work for sugar-sweetened foods, along with foods high in saturated and trans fats and salt.
Groups including the American Diabetes Association sent a letter to more than 20 fast-food chains urging them to stop offering sugar-sweetened beverages on children's menus. Margo Wootan of the Center for Science in the Public Interest said the letter referenced research linking sugar-sweetened drinks to a higher risk of obesity.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data on Wednesday revealing that half of Americans drink sugar-sweetened beverages on any given day. A coalition, including the American Heart Association, announced its campaign to reduce consumption of full-calorie beverages. ABA's Chris Gindlesperger said, "People are drinking fewer full-calorie, sugar-sweetened beverages due to industry innovation in bringing no- and low-calorie beverages to the market."
Taking sugar-sweetened beverages out of schools may have only a limited impact on teen consumption, according to a new study. Researchers looked at four schools that reduced the availability of sugar-sweetened beverages and three others that did not, and found that consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages decreased in all students.
A study suggests that taking sugar-sweetened beverages out of schools has only a limited impact on teen consumption. Researchers looked at schools that reduced availability of sugar-sweetened beverages and ones that did not, and found that consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages decreased in all students.