Calorie Info Helps Teens Choose Water Over Sugary
THURSDAY, Dec. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Black teens might drink
fewer sugar-sweetened beverages if they're provided with
easy-to-understand facts about calories, especially when the
information includes how many minutes of exercise it would take to
burn off those calories, researchers have found.
The study, published Dec. 15 in the
American Journal of Public Health, was conducted at four stores in low-income, predominately black neighborhoods in Baltimore.
In each store, researchers randomly posted one of three signs
with the following caloric information: absolute caloric count;
percentage of total recommended daily intake; and physical activity
equivalent. They then collected data for 1,600 beverage purchases
by black adolescents aged 12 to 18.
The results suggest that displaying easy-to-understand caloric
information -- especially the physical activity-calorie equivalents
-- may be an effective way to reduce black teens' intake of
calories from sugar-sweetened beverages and encourage them to drink
more water, the study authors said in a news release from the
American Public Health Association.
"Because of the inclusion of mandatory calorie labeling in the recent health reform bill, it is also important to explore the most effective strategies for presenting caloric information to consumers on fast-food restaurant menu boards," Sara Bleich, assistant professor at Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, and colleagues, said in the news release.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has more about
teens and nutrition.
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