Health Indicator Report of Soda Consumption Among Adolescents in Grades 9 to 12
Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages appears to be associated with being at increased risk for overweight in children.
- New Jersey Student Health Survey, Office of Student Support Services, Division of Student Services and Career Readiness, New Jersey Department of Education
- High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline/
DefinitionThe percentage of adolescents who drank soda one or more times per day, in the past seven days (excluding diet/sugar-free)
NumeratorThe number of adolescents in grades 9 to 12 who drank soda one or more times per day, in the past seven days
DenominatorTotal number of survey respondents
Other ObjectivesHealthy New Jersey 2020 Objective NF-5: Reduce the proportion of high school students (grades 9 to 12) who drank soda one or more times per day in the past 7 days to 13.9% among the total population, 13.0% among Whites, 15.9% among Blacks, and 14.9% among Hispanics. No target was set for Asians because there was no data for this group in the baseline year.
How Are We Doing?The proportion of high school students who drink one or more sodas per day decreased significantly between 2011 and 2013 and currently stands at 12.2%, which is below the Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) target of 13.9%. Whites and Blacks met their HNJ2020 targets in 2013, but the proportion among Hispanics remains above target and is significantly higher than the rate among Whites and Asians. Large variation exists between males and females, although the gap is narrowing.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?The rate of daily soda consumption among New Jersey high school students is less than half that of the nation as a whole.
Health Program InformationNJDOH Office of Nutrition and Fitness: http://nj.gov/health/fhs/children/nutrifitness.shtml
Page Content Updated On 06/24/2014, Published on 11/15/2016