Public Policies to Reduce Sugary Drink Consumption in Children and Adolescents

Pediatrics. 2019 Apr;143(4):e20190282. doi: 10.1542/peds.2019-0282.


Excess consumption of added sugars, especially from sugary drinks, poses a grave health threat to children and adolescents, disproportionately affecting children of minority and low-income communities. Public policies, such as those detailed in this statement, are needed to decrease child and adolescent consumption of added sugars and improve health.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Beverages / adverse effects*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pediatric Obesity / prevention & control*
  • Policy Making
  • Public Policy*
  • Risk Assessment
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Sugars / adverse effects*
  • United States


  • Sugars