Children in the U.S. drinking fewer sugary beverages

Consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks is decreasing among children in the U.S., according to new research.

Sara Bleich, professor of public health policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and senior author of the study, said in a November 21, 2019 U.S. News & World Report article that the new findings show that efforts to decrease kids’ sugar-sweetened beverage consumption over the past decade are working.

But children are still consuming too many sugary beverages, she said. And consumption of sweetened beverages decreased much less among children from poorer families than it did among children from more affluent families.

Bleich added that an uptick in consumption of other beverages, such as sugary sports or energy drinks, may undercut the progress made in decreasing kids’ intake of soda and fruit drinks.

Read the U.S. News & World Report article: More U.S. Kids Are Shunning Sweetened Drinks