Sugar-sweetened beverages - Effect health warning labels

18 January 2016

Health warning labels similar to those found on tobacco products may have a powerful effect on whether parents purchase sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) for their children, according to a study led by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Results show that parents may be significantly less likely to purchase an SSB when a label warning that consuming beverages with added sugar may contribute to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay is present, compared to a label that only bears the calorie count, or no label at all. The labels improve parents’ understanding of the health dangers associated with overconsumption of SSBs (News Release Penn Medicine, 14 January 2016).
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