Soda ban has no effect

Banning sugar-sweetened drinks at Maine high schools didn’t affect students’ consumption, a study found.

The study compared four high schools that eliminated soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks from cafeterias and vending machines with three schools that did not take such measures.

Researchers found that over one school year, students in both groups of schools cut down on their average daily intake of sugary drinks — but there was no evidence that the school soda bans led to greater reductions.

It turns out that teens do most of their soda slurping on their own time. Those who can’t get a Coke at lunch will drink one after school.

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  1. Perhaps this is an unfair comparison, but … high schools don’t allow drinking alcohol or smoking at school, and that may not necessarily decrease overall alcohol consumption or smoking by teens because they can do it on their own time compared to if schools allowed it during school hours …

    But more seriously, I hope that the point of banning soda was not ONLY to lower consumption, but rather to have a school culture that does not explicitly condone choices that are unhealthy. I also think that perhaps the fight for banning sodas in some schools has likely increased attention to sugary drinks for both teens and parents, and this may have affected the overall lowering of teens’ consumption of sodas, regardless of whether it was their high school or another one in the news.

  2. Donalbain from the UK says:

    I would rather the kids waited until after school to have their coke. At least then it isnt me who has to deal with them hyped up on sugar and caffeine!