Diet Beverages and the Risk of Obesity, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease: A Review of the Evidence
Diet beverages, or artificially-sweetened beverages (ASBs), became popular over the last few decades, largely due to successful marketing campaigns implying that consumption of these beverages would assist in weight control or weight loss. This review examines the existing evidence on the relationship between the consumption of diet beverages and the risk of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Findings from the review suggest that the presently available research on human epidemiologic and experimental studies on ASB intake and the risk for obesity and related chronic disease is lacking in rigor and consistency. The author concludes that based on the current scientific evidence, a blanket recommendation to either consume or avoid ASBs cannot be made.
U.S. states have introduced bills requiring sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) to display health warning labels. This study examined how warning labels influence parents and which labels are most effective. Over 2,000 demographically and educationally diverse parents of children ages 6 to 11 participated in an online survey. Parents were randomized to … More
To address public health concerns about the negative impact of children’s fast food consumption, some of the largest U.S. fast-food restaurants – McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, Wendy’s, KFC, and Dairy Queen – have pledged to remove sugar-sweetened fountain drinks from menu boards and/or offer healthier drinks and side dishes with … More
In June 2016, the Philadelphia City Council passed a 1.5 cents per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs). Given the tax, the climate for promoting water and discouraging SSB consumption in Philadelphia is ideal for testing interventions that may increase water consumption. Specific aims of this study are to: l) … More