STATES CHRONICLE – A recent report revealed an encouraging finding regarding Americans and their sugar consumption. It turns out they are now consuming much fewer sugary beverages than they did ten years ago. However, this sudden decline is not uniform across the entire population.
Americans now drink less sugary beverages
The consumption of sugary beverages is quite an acute problem in the US. Such drinks constitute the main source of calories for a lot of people, and are one the most important factors which lead to the development of obesity. Therefore, it was important to see how this consumption evolved over time, and among different groups of people.
Most public health experts concentrated on tackling the problem of this drink, as an attempt to cut down the obesity rates. Therefore, researchers started this study, whose results might guide future health campaigns. Also, they might guide the course of future soda taxes.
This idea of a soda tax is not novel. The World Health Organization (WHO) suggested these taxes might help health campaigners in tackling the obesity issue. However, the companies that produce sugary beverages are strongly against it. Even so, some states adopted it.
The soda tax worked wonders
Philadelphia, for instance, adopted such a tax, and the sales of sugary beverages and sodas decreased by 57 percent, only six months after it was enforced. On the other hand, those control states where the tax hasn’t actually been imposed didn’t score as well.
In fact, the consumption of sugary beverages has been decreasing over the past ten years. The number of kids who drank soda regularly dropped from 80 percent to 60 percent. Adults also abandoned the unhealthy habit and, from 61 percent of them who drank sweetened drinks, the number dropped to 50 percent.
Unfortunately, the decline applies only to a specific group of people. The sugary drink consumption rates remained the same among African-Americans, Latinos, and Mexican-Americans with lower incomes and a precarious social status.
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