Bittersweet

Food companies are still marketing sugary drinks to kids, reports the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity:

“In recent years, key actors have taken steps to reduce young people’s consumption of sugar-sweetened soda and other types of sugary drinks. Local communities have launched public health campaigns to increase awareness of the negative health effects of sugary drinks and reduce their availability in public settings. Policy makers have proposed legislation and regulation to limit consumption and raise awareness of the dangers of minors consuming highly caffeinated energy drinks….

“At the same time, beverage companies continue to extensively market their unhealthy products—including sugar-sweetened soda, fruit drinks, sports drinks, iced tea, and flavored water, as well as energy drinks and shots—in a wide variety of marketing venues where children and teens are exposed to these messages daily.”

Food Tank is sponsoring a petition to tax such beverages.