November 8th, 2011

Soda Bans in Schools Have Limited Impact

By ANAHAD O'CONNOR
The New York Times

State laws that ban soda in schools but not other sweetened beverages have virtually no impact on the amount of sugary drinks middle school students buy and consume at school, a new study shows.

The study, which looked at thousands of public school students across 40 states, found that removing soda from cafeterias and school vending machines only prompted students to buy sports drinks, sweetened fruit drinks and other sugar-laden beverages instead. In states that banned only soda, students bought and consumed sugary drinks just as frequently at school as their peers in states where there were no bans at all.

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