Soft drink consumption and obesity in NSW school students

Chris E Rissel, Tracie A Reinten-Reynolds, Li M Wen and Louise L Hardy
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/mja11.10873
Published online: 20 February 2012

To the Editor: In 2007, the sale of sugar-sweetened drinks was banned in New South Wales government schools.1 The ban followed growing evidence linking soft drinks with obesity, and findings from the 2004 NSW Schools Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (SPANS) that almost 60% of boys and around 40% of girls reported drinking a cup (250 mL) or more of soft drink per day.2 Using the most recent SPANS data, collected in 2010, we explored whether soft drink consumption is associated with obesity among school students.3

  • Chris E Rissel1
  • Tracie A Reinten-Reynolds1
  • Li M Wen2
  • Louise L Hardy1

  • 1 Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity Research Group, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Health Promotion Service, Sydney and South Western Sydney Local Health Districts, Sydney, NSW.



This study was funded by NSW Health. Tracie Reinten-Reynolds was employed by the NSW Ministry of Health on the NSW Biostatistical Officer Training Program at the time this work was undertaken. We are grateful for the support and cooperation of the government, Catholic and independent education systems and the participating schools and students.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.


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