Government-Led Efforts Targeting Eating Habits of Children Needed to Curb Worldwide Obesity Epidemic
Tax on Sugary Drinks, Limits on Marketing to Children Among Cost-effective Strategies
For immediate release: Thursday, August 25, 2011, 6:30 PM ET
Boston, MA – The global obesity epidemic has been escalating for three to four decades, yet long-term prevention efforts have barely begun and are inadequate, according to a new paper from international public health experts published in the August 25, 2011 edition of the journal The Lancet. The authors call on governments around the world to launch a coordinated effort to monitor, prevent, and control obesity, and the long-term health, social and economic costs associated with it.
Following school district policy change, students drank fewer sodas, sports drinks and fruit drinks
For immediate release: Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Boston, MA – Two years after Boston schools prohibited the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages like sodas and sports drinks, local high school students were consuming significantly fewer sugary drinks, according to a new study published in Preventing Chronic Disease.
In the Media
September 7, 2011
(The Boston Globe) — “Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston and public health authorities unveiled a public awareness campaign…that urges residents to reduce consumption of sweetened beverages…The campaign, which will include a media blitz, premieres a month before an executive order by Menino phases out the sale, advertising, and promotion of sugar-sweetened beverages in all city buildings…The…federally funded campaign will blanket Boston…[and] focus on black and Latino neighborhoods.”
Boston high school students have fewer sweetened drinks
August 10, 2011
(The Boston Globe) — “The seven-year-old policy restricting the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages in Boston Public Schools appears to be paying off: Consumption dropped among high school students…The drop in Boston compares with very little change…among teenagers nationally…The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, at the direction of state legislators…proposed instituting a similar policy in all the state’s public schools that would take effect in the 2012-2013 school year.”