Nutritively sweetened beverage consumption and body weight

The study examined whether nutritively sweetened beverages (NSBs) can be linked to the obesity epidemic, and found that current evidence does not demonstrate conclusiely that NSB consumption has uniquely contributed to obesity or that reducing NSB consumption will decrease Body Mass Index (BMI) levels in general. Some key insights from the study:

  • “The current evidence does not demonstrate conclusively that NSB consumption has uniquely contributed to obesity or that reducing NSB consumption will reduce BMI levels in general”.

You can find the whole paper here.

Cheap Donuts and Expensive Broccoli: The Effect of Relative Prices on Obesity

The study examines the role of relative food prices in determining an individual’s body mass index (BMI), arguing that as healthy foods become more expensive relative to unhealthy foods, individuals substitute to a less healthy diet. Some key insights from the study:

  • “[…] the sensitivity of individuals to changes in relative food prices may not be sufficient to make fat taxes, within plausible ranges, a viable tool to lower obesity”.

You can find the whole paper here.