Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) by adolescents and children in the United States has been linked to less healthy diets, excessive caloric intake and weight gain, increased obesity rates, and associated adverse health effects, including increased rates of type 2 diabetes in adults. This research synthesis reviews evidence regarding the health effects of SSB consumption, outlines conclusions on the basis of these investigations and suggests areas for additional research.
Published: November 2009
ID #: 1037
Publisher: Healthy Eating Research
Authors: Gortmaker S, Long M, Wang C
Focus Area: Beverages
Resource Type: Research Review
Nutrition-related claims lead parents to choose less healthy drinks for young children: a randomized trial in a virtual convenience storeConsumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, including fruit drinks, contributes to childhood obesity. We aimed to examine whether nutrition-related claims on fruit drinks influence purchasing among parents and lead to misperceptions of healthfulness. We conducted an experiment in a virtual convenience store with 2219 parents of children ages 1-5 y. Parents were randomly assigned to view fruit More