About the Authors

Sanjay Basu
Prevention Research Center; Centers for Health Policy, Primary Care and Outcomes Research; Center on Poverty and Inequality; and Cardiovascular Institute, Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States of America

Sanjay Basu, David Stuckler
Department of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

Sukumar Vellakkal, Sutapa Agrawal, Shah Ebrahim
South Asia Network for Chronic Disease, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, India

David Stuckler
Department of Sociology, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom

Barry Popkin
School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Carolina Population Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America

Shah Ebrahim
Department of Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

Corresponding Author


Competing Interests

BP spoke on hydration at a symposium sponsored by Danome Water at The Nutrition Society (British), assisted colleagues at the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico with a grant on SSBs vs. water funded by Danome Water, and was a coinvestigator on another RCT of water vs. diet beverages vs. SSB funded by Nestlé. DS is a member of the Editorial Board of PLOS Medicine.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: SB DS SE. Performed the experiments: SB SV SA. Analyzed the data: SB SV SA BP. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: SB SV SA BP. Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: SB. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: SB SV SA DS BP SE. ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: SB SV SA DS BP SE. Agree with manuscript results and conclusions: SB SV SA DS BP SE.