Warning labels on sugar-sweetened beverages help lower obesity rates.
Computational simulation modeling has demonstrated in Baltimore, Philadelphia and San Francisco, that warning labels on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) encouraged a significant drop in obesity prevalence following the adoption of the policies. This should give encouragement to other jurisdictions that are considering similar measures.
PositiveTip: Don't wait for regulations: just refuse to purchase or drink SSBs and you will reap the benefits!
U.S. population struggling to kick the sugar-sweetened beverage habit.
The National Center for Health Statistics released consumption data (2011-2014) showing almost one-half of U.S. adults drink at least one sugar-sweetened beverage every day. Young adults have the highest average intake compared to older adults. Learn more and view the startling statistics by clicking on this link.
PositiveTip: The healthiest drink for most people is plain tap water--it has no sugar, no calories, and many benefits!
Forty percent of public school children are overweight or obese.
New York City schools may have discovered a remarkably simple, yet effective way of combating overweight--by increasing access to water at lunchtime! The availability of water seemed to lower chocolate milk consumption and sugar-sweetened beverages. This economical intervention significantly lowered the likelihood of boys being overweight by 0.9 percentage points and girls by 0.6, compared to schools without water availability at lunch.
PositiveTip: It could be argued that no fluids during meals is best, but certainly water is preferable to calorie-laden beverages.