Katie Schwind is a PhD student in Media Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is conducting research on parents’ surveillance of their child’s sugar intake, specifically regarding sugary beverages, and parents’ information seeking behaviors concerning sugar.
“Sugary beverage taxes have been referred to as a “sin tax” and a “poor man’s tax” across the country (Tung, 2018; Hirsch, 2018). A handful cities now have sugary beverage taxes in place, including Berkeley, CA, Philadelphia, PA, Boulder, CO, San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, Albany, CA, Cook County, IL (Chicago area) and Seattle, WA (CSPI, 2018). The state of California plans to vote on a statewide sugary beverages tax in 2020 (Daniels, 2018). Researchers in Philadelphia have found that in the first 2 months of the tax being implemented, daily consumption of soda and energy drinks were down. Comparatively, daily consumption of bottled water was up (Zhong et al., 2018, p. 26). Given the increased legislation with regard to sugary beverages, and the movement’s many comparisons to the tobacco industry, I find it important to investigate the impact on families, specifically those with children.
This research study consists of 1 survey, which we expect will take you about 15 minutes. We expect about 1000 participants to be in this study.”
About Dani Gurrie
Dani Gurrie is the founder of Tots2Tweens, a wife to Ashley and mom to Cooper and Brodie. She spends most of her days trying to find the ultimate kids-related thing that mom's will love...just to share it with her world.