GFRP at UNC alumna Dalia Stern authored an article published in the American Journal of Public Health investigating the effect of changes in soda consumption on weight over 2 years on a cohort of women in Mexico (Published online September 21, 2017).

The study, titled Changes in Sugar-Sweetened Soda Consumption, Weight, and Waist Circumference: 2-Year Cohort of Mexican Women, found those participants who decreased their soda intake by 1+ servings each week gained less weight than those who did not change their intake. Those participants who increased their intake of soda gained more weight. This study helps to show that even small reductions in sugary drink consumption can have a positive impact on weight. Read the full article here.

In the same issue, Barry Popkin authored an editorial, titled Mexican Cohort Study Predates but Predicts the Type of Body Composition Changes Expected From the Mexican Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax, outlining the important lessons to be learned from Stern’s article and other studies of the Mexican sugary drink tax and related health effects. Read the editorial here.

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