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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.


Data are only collected in odd numbered years. 2015 and 2017 data are not available because New Jersey did not receive a sufficient response rate to weight data.   Data for Whites, Blacks, and Others do not include Hispanics. Hispanic ethnicity includes persons of any race.

Data Sources

  • New Jersey Student Health Survey, Office of Student Support Services, Division of Student Services and Career Readiness, New Jersey Department of Education, []
  • High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, []


The percentage of adolescents who drank soda one or more times per day, in the past seven days (excluding diet/sugar-free)


The number of adolescents in grades 9 to 12 who drank soda one or more times per day, in the past seven days


Total number of survey respondents

Other Objectives

'''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 sodas per day decreased significantly between 2011 and 2013 and currently stands at 12.2%, which is below the Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) target of 13.9%. Whites and Blacks met their HNJ2020 targets in 2013, but the proportion among Hispanics remains above target and is significantly higher than the rate among Whites and Asians. Large variation exists between males and females, although the gap is narrowing. In 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. Data from 2013 remains the most recently available.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The rate of daily soda consumption among New Jersey high school students is less than half that of the nation as a whole.

Health Program Information

NJDOH Office of Nutrition and Fitness: []
Page Content Updated On 08/14/2018, Published on 08/17/2018
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