Study Finds Fewer American Teens Are Drinking Soda

Posted On: 7/18/2016

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WASHINGTON -- A new government survey suggests soda consumption among teens declined by almost a third in just two years. Instead, bottled water has become the drink of choice for many, the researchers found.

The survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2015 found that 20% of students reported drinking a sugar-sweetened beverage one or more times per day during the previous week, down from 27% in 2013 and 34% in 2007. Additionally, 26% of teens said they had not consumed any sugary soda at all in the previous seven days, up from 22% in 2013 and about 19% in 2007.

Water appears to have become a popular alternative to soft drinks. The CDC survey found that in 2015, nearly 74% of high school students drank one or more glasses of water per day during the previous week, and 64% said they drank two or more glasses of water.

Researchers attribute the shift to public campaigns against soda consumption that have led to sugary drinks being banned from schools, government agencies reducing or eliminating sugar-sweetened beverages from cafeterias and vending machines, and the adoption of sales taxes on sugary drinks. Also fueling the movement away from sugary drinks was a move in 2014 by soda giants Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Dr Pepper Snapple Group to cut the amount of calories that Americans get from sugary drinks by one-fifth over the coming decade.