Sugary Drink FACTS 2020

Sugary drink consumption by children and teens is a significant public health concern, with teens and young adults consuming more sugary drinks than other age groups. Consumption is also higher among low-income and Black non-Hispanic and Mexican-American youth, raising additional concerns about health disparities affecting low-income and communities of color. In recent years, youth consumption of regular soda and sugary drinks in total have declined, but sports drink and energy drink consumption has increased.23 Beverage companies have pledged to reduce beverage calories and increase demand for lower-calorie drinks. This study examines whether companies have changed their advertising of sugary drinks in response to public health concerns.