Marketers of sugary drinks still target U.S. children

December 8, 2014

By Anjali Athavaley U.S. children and teens are seeing fewer TV commercials for sugary drinks, but they remain a prime target for marketers through product placement, social media, and other means, according to a report released on Nov. 19. The study, conducted by researchers at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, said […]

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Research concludes sugar-sweetened beverages contribute to the U.S. obesity epidemic, particularly among children

June 13, 2014

In response to the ongoing policy discussions on the role of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) on weight and health, The Obesity Society (TOS) concludes that sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) contribute to the United States’ obesity epidemic, particularly among children. Based on an in-depth analysis of the current research, TOS’s position statement unveiled April 23 provides several recommendations […]

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California lawmaker proposes warning labels for sugary drinks

April 2, 2014

By Sharon Bernstein All sodas and other sugar-sweetened drinks sold in California would be required to carry warning labels for obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay under a bill introduced in Sacramento on Feb. 13, backed by several public health advocacy groups. If passed, caloric drinks would join tobacco and alcohol products in carrying health warning […]

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Study: Most people don’t know how not how many calories are in soda

February 3, 2014

Even though it’s widely known that soda can contribute to weight gain, the majority of adults don’t actually know how many calories are in a bottle of soda, a new study reveals. The research, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and based on data from 3,926 adults, shows that eight […]

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Are sugary drinks fattening? Depends who you ask

January 31, 2014

By Nicholas Bakalar Are there good scientific studies that show that drinking sugar-sweetened soda increases the risk for obesity? The answer may vary depending on who is paying for the study. Researchers examined 17 large reviews of the subject (one review assessed results for adults and children separately, so there were 18 sets of study […]

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Soda tax of 20 percent may cut United Kingdom obesity rate by 180,000

December 2, 2013

By Simeon Bennett A 20 percent tax on sugary drinks in the United Kingdom would cut the nation’s obesity rate by 1.3 percent, with the greatest benefit for people under 30, a study found. The tax, proposed by the U.K. Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, would result in about 180,000 fewer adults with a body mass index of […]

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Report: California teens drinking more sugary drinks

November 8, 2013

Although younger children in California are drinking less soda and other sugary beverages, teens in the state are actually drinking more, according to a report released Oct. 17. The research from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) involved more than 40,000 households and revealed an […]

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Too many sugary drinks for kids

August 29, 2013

Most kids love sugary beverages, but parents should be mindful of how much of these beverages their kids are drinking. A recent review of studies found that drinking more sugar-sweetened drinks was linked to weight gain among children and adults. The study authors noted that it is especially important to have overweight children reduce their […]

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Sugary drinks tied to obesity among preschoolers

August 12, 2013

By Genevra Pittman Five-year-olds who drink sugar-sweetened sodas, sports drinks, or juices every day are more likely to be obese than those who have sugar-sweetened beverages less often, according to a new study. Although the link between sugary drinks and extra weight has been well documented among teens and adults, researchers said that up until […]

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