State laws that ban soda in schools very little impact on the amount of sugary drinks middle school students buy and consume at school, a new study shows.
The study, published this week in The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, found that the proportion of students who purchased sugary drinks at schools in states that removed only soda was similar to the proportion in states that had no bans against any sugary drinks at all.
“I think definitely the biggest message is that laws need to be comprehensive to have any positive effect at all,” said Daniel R. Taber, an author of the study and postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “The most unequivocal finding was that laws that focus on soda are just not getting it done. If you really want to create a healthier school environment, you need more comprehensive laws.”