Stop the Pop: A Mixed-Methods Study Examining Children's Physical and Emotional Responses during Three Days of Sugary Drink Cessation
adolescents; behavior; beverage consumption; home environment; interventions; juice drinks; soda; soft drinks; sugar-sweetened beverages; youth
Despite public health efforts to reduce sugary drink consumption, children's intake continues to exceed recommendations. While numerous barriers to lowering sugary drink consumption have been identified, aversive feelings during sugary drink cessation may further challenge sustained reduction in children's sugary drink consumption. Herein, we describe "Stop the Pop", an intervention to examine children's physical and emotional responses during three days of sugary drink cessation. Children ( = 150) ages 8-14, who reported habitual consumption of ≥12 ounces of sugary drinks daily, were instructed to avoid sweetened beverages for three days. At baseline and on each day of cessation, children completed a daily feelings questionnaire, and a subset of children ( = 30) also completed a qualitative interview following cessation. During sugary drink cessation, children reported physical and emotional improvements, including being less tired, angry, and annoyed; having less trouble sleeping; and less frequently arguing with others, getting in trouble, and getting mad. However, unfavorable responses, such as mood disturbances and having less energy, were reported by some participants. Our results suggest that children who habitually consume sugary drinks may experience physical and emotional improvements during short-term sugary drink cessation, although longer-term examination is needed and inter-individual variability in responses to cessation warrants further study.
Kaidbey, Jasmine H.; Ferguson, Kacey; Halberg, Sabrina E.; Racke, Caroline; Visek, Amanda J.; Gearhardt, Ashley N.; Juliano, Laura M.; Dietz, William H.; Sacheck, Jennifer; and Sylvetsky, Allison C., "Stop the Pop: A Mixed-Methods Study Examining Children's Physical and Emotional Responses during Three Days of Sugary Drink Cessation" (2022). GW Authored Works. Paper 558.
Exercise and Nutrition Sciences