46% of residents in the South Bronx, Central Harlem and East New York drink more than one soda a day compared to 27% of residents in Greenpoint, Astoria and the Upper West Side; Study says.
A Health Department study of six neighborhoods found given exclusively to amNewYork found that areas with more sugary drinks stocked in stores had higher soda consumption rates.
The study said that 46% of residents in the South Bronx, Central Harlem and East New York drink more than one soda a day compared to 27% of residents in Greenpoint, Astoria and the Upper West Side.
The neighborhoods with the higher soda consumption had an average of 11.4 varieties of soda on sale and only 4.1 varieties of low calorie drinks, the study said. The low consumption communities had an average of 10.4 varieties of soda and 5.6 low calorie drinks.
Susan Kansagra, a Health Department assistant commissioner, said the study, which was commissioned before the soda ban was announced, was startling because of the high obesity rates in those neighborhoods.
“Sugary drinks are the single largest factor for increase in calories in our diet,” she said.
Hoff said his alliance is also concerned with the obesity rates but feels the city should not sacrifice consumer choice in its health battle. CONTINUE»