Impact of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption on Black Americans' Health

A research brief written by the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN) summarizes trends in sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption among Black adults and youths, outlines related health consequences, and identifies research needs and priorities that could help inform policies to reduce SSB consumption among Black Americans.

Key findings include:

  • Black Americans of both genders and across a wide age range consume more calories from SSBs daily compared with White Americans.
  • Since the 1990s, SSB consumption among Black adolescents has increased significantly compared with SSB consumption among White adolescents, which has remained stable.
  • Several studies suggest that SSB marketing disproportionately targets Black Americans relative to Whites, which may encourage higher levels of SSB consumption among Blacks.