ReThink Your Drink

ReThink Your Drink

America is in the midst of an obesity epidemic. Currently, 69% of U.S. adults are overweight while more than one third (35%) are obese. Children are not untouched by this frightening reality as 32% are overweight, 17% of whom are obese.

The American Heart Association supports a multipronged approach to address this problem including creating and implementing policies designed to improve access to affordable, nutritious foods and beverages, thereby making it easier for Americans to choose healthier foods consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. One of these approaches is to reduce the consumption of sugary beverages among Americans, especially children.

Sugary drinks are the single largest source of calories in the American diet. The average American consumes the equivalent of 39 pounds of sugar each year from sugary drinks.

That’s why the American Heart Association is encourage Americans to Rethink Your Drink and choose water or low-calories options over the high-calories sugary drinks. Learn how to Rethink Your Drink.

Below is more information about our sugary drinks policy approaches:

Facts - Decreasing Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption (PDF)
Voices for Healthy Kids is working to reduce overall consumption of sugary beverages