Commercially available sugar-sweetened beverages have not been traditionally consumed as part of the Costa Rican diet. Because of the rising obesity rates in Latin American countries, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health designed a study to determine the association between consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and obesity in Hispanic adults in Costa Rica. The study involved more than 2000 adults and compared sugar-sweetened beverage consumption to BMI and skinfold thickness. Overall, higher consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages was associated with increased measures of adiposity and increased BMI in Costa Rican adults.
Public Health Nutrition, August 2012; 15(8): 1347-1354 (Rhee J et al.)