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Soda Consumption and Obesity

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Objective

In this study, I sought to project the number of adolescents who are regular soda consumers and the number of adolescents with obesity in Nebraska.

Methods

System dynamics modeling (SDM) is used to track and project the changes in soda consumption and obesity among adolescents in Nebraska over time.

Methods

The projected decrease in soda consumption over time may be greater if changes in the percentages of students in grades 9-12 who are regular soda consumers and schools that permit the sales of soda pop or fruit drinks are taken into account. Likewise, the projected increase in obesity over time may be slightly smaller if changes in the declining trends in schools that permit the sales of soda pop and fruit drinks are taken into account.

Methods

Despite the declining trends in the number of soda consumers and schools that permit the sales of soda pop and fruit drinks, policies to promote healthy beverage consumption and restrict the sales of soda pop or fruit drinks in schools’ vending machines should be continued.
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Keywords: adolescent health; obesity; soda consumption; system dynamics modeling

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, NE.

Publication date: September 1, 2018

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