By Dr. Brian McDonoughSponsored By Independence Blue Cross

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There is good news in the battle against obesity.

It appears that the message to avoid sugar-sweetened beverages may be getting through.

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A study in the Journal Obesity finds that healthier beverage choices are becoming more popular among the U.S. population.

The report is based on information from between 2003-2014, which found that the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks dropped among adults.

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The study information comes from Harvard University and is based on information gained from the national health and nutrition examination survey.

The data is self-reported and based on 24 hours per day record keeping.

Perhaps the most important point is that it is based on analysis of over 27,000 adults and 18,000 children.

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Sugar-sweetened beverages include fruit drinks, fruit punches, sports drinks, and other sweetened beverages.