Honing messages about potential harms to health from sugary drinks

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Harvard Bell Fellow Anna Grummon, PhD, is an author on this study published in Appetite that looks at which “health harms” participants (a group of over 1,000 parents in the U.S.) were most aware of, and which ones most discouraged them from buying sugary drinks. “These findings suggest health messages focused on a variety of health harms could raise awareness and discourage sugary drink purchases.”

Warning: The findings of this analysis could help to shape public policies that require warning labels on sugary drinks

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Harvard Bell Fellow Anna H. Grummon, PhD, and her colleague Marissa G. Hall, PhD, of the University of North Carolina, have published a meta-analysis in PLOS Medicine examining the effects of sugary beverage warning labels on changing behavior, emotions, attitudes, and perceptions. The researchers synthesized the findings of twenty-three experiments conducted across multiple countries. They found that across these experimental studies, sugary drink warnings not only reduced purchases of sugary…