Evaluating the effects of state interventions to combat childhood obesity through decreasing soft drink consumption

The Foundation's program, Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity, was designed to support investigator-initiated research to identify and assess environmental and policy influences with the greatest potential to improve healthy eating and weight patterns among the nation's children.The aim of this work is to evaluate the effects of two soft drink policies (soft drink taxes and restricting vending machine access in schools) on child and adolescent soft drink consumption and body weight. Investigators will use a 'natural experiment' design by leveraging state and time variation in these soft drink policies combined with three large, nationally representative datasets that contain information on state of residence, soft drink consumption, body mass index, and a rich set of socio-demographic variables. These econometric analyses will focus specifically on influences among at-risk populations, including individuals in low-income communities and racial/ethnic minorities.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $146,237.00

Awarded on: 8/21/2008

Time frame: 9/1/2008 - 8/31/2010

Grant Number: 65053


Yale University School of Public Health

60 College Street
P.O. Box 208034
New Haven, 06520-8034


Jason M. Fletcher
Project Director