It should come as no surprise that the pressure to be available 24/7 on social media is a very real challenge for today’s teenagers. Aside from the fact that their grasp of and dependence on social media far exceeds that of many adults, they also are using social media at much greater rates too.
In fact, a report by Common Sense Media found that 75 percent of American teenagers have social media profiles.
Spending on sugary drink TV advertising aimed at black and Latino youth is up, according to Sugary Drink FACTS 2020, a new report from the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity.
Overall, the report found that in 2018 companies spent a whopping $1 billion (26% increase since 2013) in sugary drink advertising. These drinks include regular soda, sports drinks, iced tea, fruit drinks, flavored water, and energy drinks.
Pepsi and Coca-Cola accounted for the largest share of sugary drink advertising in 2018.
In the report researchers also explored the nutritional value of sugary drinks advertised by large companies.
“These analyses of the nutrition content and advertising of sugary drinks and energy drinks demonstrate that beverage company advertising of sugary drinks to young people has worsened in recent years despite public health concerns,” according to the report.