Reducing sugary drink consumption: New York City's approach

Am J Public Health. 2015 Apr;105(4):e61-4. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302497. Epub 2015 Feb 25.


Studies have linked the consumption of sugary drinks to weight gain, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Since 2006, New York City has taken several actions to reduce consumption. Nutrition standards limited sugary drinks served by city agencies. Mass media campaigns educated New Yorkers on the added sugars in sugary drinks and their health impact. Policy proposals included an excise tax, a restriction on use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, and a cap on sugary drink portion sizes in food service establishments. These initiatives were accompanied by a 35% decrease in the number of New York City adults consuming one or more sugary drinks a day and a 27% decrease in public high school students doing so from 2007 to 2013.

MeSH terms

  • Beverages*
  • Carbohydrates*
  • Food Assistance / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Health Education / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Mass Media
  • New York City
  • Nutrition Policy / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Social Marketing
  • Taxes


  • Carbohydrates