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Open Access Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts


W.M. Keck Science Department

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Elise Ferree

Reader 2

Findley Finseth

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Jacquelyn Campos-Araujo


This proposed research study aims to investigate whether the implementation of sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) taxes will lead to reduced consumption and improved health outcomes in the Latinx youth population residing in Los Angeles County. The study will utilize a mixed-methods design, including a baseline survey and health examination, the implementation of SSB taxes, and a follow-up survey and health examination. The expected results suggest a statistically significant reduction in SSB consumption and improved glycemic control following the implementation of the SSB taxation intervention. However, I predict a slight decrease in the number of participants with dental caries, indicating that further research is needed to fully understand the intervention's impact on oral health outcomes. The insights provided by this study can guide future policy decisions aimed at promoting healthier dietary habits and reducing the incidence of diet-related diseases in vulnerable populations.