June 20, 2014
Soda consumption among youth decreased from 2007 to 2013, according to results from the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report monitors a number of categories of health-risk behaviors among youth and young adults, including alcohol and drug use, sexual behavior, diet and physical activity.
The 86-question survey was administered to over 13,000 students from a variety of backgrounds (large urban public school districts, private schools, small schools, etc.) to produce a nationally representative sample.
“This is good news,” said Rudd Center Director, Marlene Schwartz, PhD. “It indicates that we are heading in the right direction. The fact that older kids drank less than younger kids may indicate that as students get older and hear the messages about the dangers of soda, they are more likely to change their behaviors.”
Schwartz also indicated that efforts to remove sodas from high schools may be paying off. “Connecticut has some of the lowest rates of soda consumption in the country,” said Schwartz. “This could be because we changed the law to remove all sugary beverages from schools in 2006.”