Improving Diabetes Prevention and Management


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Funding Area

Improving Diabetes Prevention and Management


November 12, 2009


This November 2009 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report—prepared by the Harvard School of Public Health and the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health—acts as a research synthesis, highlighting the link between sugar-sweetened beverages and childhood obesity.

The data indicate that over the past 40 years, obesity in children ages six through 19 have quadrupled in the U.S. This could be linked to an increase in consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, which has also increased in the past 30 years. The report addresses other concerns, such as the other negative effects of children’s increased consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.