Influencing Teens Against Sugary Drinks with Calorie Signage: Recommended Reading

Dec 20, 2011, 5:11 PM, Posted by

Teenagers from lower-income, predominately Black neighborhoods in Baltimore purchased sugary beverages after seeing calorie information on signs posted in convenience stores, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health last week.

The study, which was supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through its Healthy Eating Research program, found that providing any calorie information reduced the odds that teenagers would purchase a sugary drink by about 40 percent. Calorie information provided as a physical activity equivalent was most effective—such as, "To burn off the calories in a single bottle of soda or fruit drink, you would have to jog for 50 minutes."

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This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.