The Milken Institute Challenges America to “Drink Different”

Drink Different: Feasible Strategies to Reduce Obesity

I’d like to share a recently released report from the Milken Institute titled “Drink Different: Feasible Strategies to Reduce Obesity” by Anusuya Chatterjee and Sindhu Kubendran.

As stated on their website, “Each day, Americans make choices about what they will eat and drink. Often, these are unhealthy ones, contributing to a national obesity rate of more than 33 percent. Lowering this rate is key to controlling rising health-care costs and improving quality of life. Milken Institute health economists conducted the first-ever analysis of the effect lowering consumption of sugary drinks – a leading cause of obesity – would have on public health and finances.

They discovered that even a modest reduction would have a major health impact and generate solid economic dividends: In 2030, if Americans consume on average three fewer 12-ounce sugar-sweetened drinks per month compared to continuing on the current trend, the number of obese Americans would be reduced by 2.6 million, producing an overall savings of more than $25 billion for the U.S health-care system. Check out Drink Different to learn more and see our recommendations for policymakers and business leaders.”