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Sugary Drinks in Communities of Color: Recent Research and Policy Options for Reducing Consumption | Leadership for Healthy Communities

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Sugary Drinks in Communities of Color: Recent Research and Policy Options for Reducing Consumption

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This policy brief investigates sugary drink consumption in communities of color, focusing on the public health impact and marketing of such products, and policy options to facilitate healthy beverage consumption. It also discusses how decision makers can work to prevent childhood obesity and related illnesses by advancing policies to reducethe marketing and appeal of sugary drinks—and increase the availability of healthy alternatives—in communities of color.

Facts at a Glance:

  • Consumption of sugary drinks is associated with poor health outcomes,including excessive weight gain, childhood and adult obesity, type 2 diabetes, and tooth decay.
  • Children who drink a 12-ounce soda every day are 60 percent more likely to become obese than those who do not.
  • People of color are more likely to have limited access to healthy beverages, more inclined to consume sugary beverages, and more affected by preventable chronic diseases.
  • Food and beverage companies disproportionately target marketing efforts promoting sugary drinks toward people of color.