American Kids Abandoning Soda Drinks, Recent Study Finds

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Source: Printz Sportlich

There’s good news when it comes to American teens’ diets, with more high school kids saying no to sodas and other sweetened beverages, researchers say.

A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that while just over a third of kids in grades 9 through 12 drank a sweetened beverage each day in 2007, that number had fallen to 20.5 percent by 2015. According to the report, children and adolescents get about 20 percent of their daily calories from beverages. Some of these drinks can contain nutrients such as calcium or vitamins D or C, but many “provide [only] calories with no beneficial nutrients.”

Rising child obesity rates have given new urgency to messages about the health hazards of sugary drinks, and the new study suggests those messages may be getting through. In the study, Merlo’s team looked at 2007-2015 data from a large U.S. survey of youth health.

The decline in soda intake was seen across all subgroups — boys and girls, all races/ethnicities and all socioeconomic levels.

What’s driving these trends? According to the researchers, new federal nutrition standards that called for the elimination of non-diet sodas in schools may have played a role.

The study was published Feb. 2 in the CDC journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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