With the link between sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and childhood obesity well established, effective strategies to reduce consumption of these beverages among children are needed. The objective of this research is to determine whether the nutritional content of fortified beverages and fruit drinks warrants their inclusion or exclusion from public policies designed to reduce the marketing and availability of SSBs. The study aims to: 1) describe the risks and/or benefits that fortified beverages and fruit drinks pose to children’s health, especially among racial and ethnic minority youth; 2) describe the potential impact of fortified beverages and fruit drinks on childhood obesity; 3) analyze the validity of health and/or nutritional benefit claims made on package labeling; and 4) describe the potential of health claims to influence the support of youth, the general public, and policy-makers for including or excluding fortified beverages and fruit drinks in beverage policies.
Examining the Nutritional Content and Youth-Focused Marketing of Fortified Drinks to Strengthen Public Policies
Looking Beyond the Marketing Claims of New Beverages: Health Risks of Consuming Sports Drinks, Energy Drinks, Fortified Waters and Other Flavored Beverages
Consumption of several new categories of ‘fortified’ sugary beverages has increased significantly in recent years. Energy drinks, sports drinks, fruit drinks, flavored waters, and sweetened teas and coffees are heavily marketed and have become popular with children and adolescents as well as adults. This report describes the results of the … More
Stories of Success: A Qualitative Examination of Contributors to Excellence in School Drinking Water Access
Drinking water instead of beverages with added sugar can help prevent obesity and cavities and promote overall health. Children spend much of their day in school, where they have variable access to drinking water. In 2010, federal and state law required California public schools to provide free potable water to … More
Policymakers worldwide are considering requiring warnings for sugary drinks. A growing number of experimental studies have examined sugary drink warnings’ impacts, but no research to our knowledge has synthesized this literature. To inform ongoing policy debates, this study aimed to identify the effects of sugary drink warnings compared with control … More