Fact Sheet: Sugar Overload

Retail Checkout Promotes Obesity


CSPI's new report, “Sugar Overload: Retail Checkout Promotes Obesity,” examines the prevalence and healthfulness of foods and beverages at checkout.

We found that food and beverages are frequently marketed at checkout and are usually unhealthy. The majority of food and beverage checkout offerings are candy, gum, energy bars, chips, cookies, soda, and other sugar drinks. Unhealthy items are promoted via checkout at a wide variety of stores, including non‐food stores, such as hardware, bed and bath, toy, and drug stores.