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January 16, 2018

Taxes and Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Author Affiliations
  • 1Health Policy and Administration, School of Public Health, and Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • 2Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
  • 3Department of Population Health Sciences and Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina
JAMA. 2018;319(3):229-230. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.19522

Sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption, the largest contributor of added sugar in the US diet, has been associated with obesity as well as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dental caries, and osteoporosis. Although SSB consumption has declined over the last decade,1 nearly half of US adults and nearly two-thirds of US youth consumed at least 1 SSB on a given day in 2011-2014.2,3 As a result, SSBs alone accounted for approximately 6.5% of total daily calories among adults and 7.3% among youth (ages 2-19 years) and approached 8% to 9% of daily calories among minority populations2,3 and 9% to 10% among low-income households.4