Health Indicator Report of Soda Consumption Among Adolescents in Grades 9 to 12
Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages appears to be associated with being at increased risk for overweight in children.
NotesThis is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective NF-5. Survey is conducted in odd-numbered years only. ** 2015 and 2017 NJ survey data not available.
- New Jersey Student Health Survey, Office of Student Support Services, Division of Student Services and Career Readiness, New Jersey Department of Education, [http://www.nj.gov/education/students/yrbs/]
- High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/index.htm]
Data Interpretation IssuesIn 2015 and 2017, the New Jersey Student Health Survey was unable to obtain the number of student responses needed to reach the 60% response rate required by the CDC to be able to weight the data to be representative of the New Jersey high school student population.
DefinitionThe percentage of adolescents who drank soda one or more times per day, in the past seven days (excluding diet/sugar-free)
NumeratorThe number of adolescents in grades 9 to 12 who drank soda one or more times per day, in the past seven days
DenominatorTotal number of survey respondents
Other Objectives'''Revised Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective NF-5''': Reduce the proportion of high school students (grades 9 to 12) who drank soda one or more times per day in the past 7 days to 11.0% among the total population, 9.4% among Whites, 12.3% among Blacks, 14.9% among Hispanics, and 4.2% among Asians. '''Original Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective NF-5''': Reduce the proportion of high school students (grades 9 to 12) who drank soda one or more times per day in the past 7 days to 13.9% among the total population, 13.0% among Whites, 15.9% among Blacks, and 14.9% among Hispanics. No target was set for Asians because there was no data for this group in the baseline year.
How Are We Doing?The proportion of high school students who drink one or more servings of soda per day in 2019 is half what it was a decade earlier. Consumption is highest among Blacks (16.5%), followed by Hispanics (9.5%), Whites (9.0%), and Asians (3.4%). By 2013, the original Healthy New Jersey 2020 targets had been met by the total population, Whites, and Blacks, so more stringent targets (10% decrease from the 2013 rate) were set for those groups and a corresponding target was added for Asians. All racial/ethnic groups met their original and revised targets for 2020 except Blacks for whom the 2019 rate was greater than the 2013 rate.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?The rate of daily soda consumption among New Jersey high school students is significantly less than that of the nation as a whole.
Page Content Updated On 10/27/2020, Published on 12/10/2020