The three companies agreed to halt school sales over obesity fears

The three companies agreed to halt school sales over obesity fears

The Coca-Cola Co, PepsiCo and Anheuser-Busch InBev have agreed to stop selling soda to schools in Brazil in an attempt to combat obesity-related diseases.

Brazillian subsidiaries of the three - Coca-Cola Brazil, Ambev and PepsiCo Brazil - said in a joint statement they will change their beverage portfolios sold directly to canteens to include only mineral water, juice with 100% fruit, coconut water and milk drinks. They said they want to help parents and guardians make "more appropriate choices for school children".

"Obesity is a complex problem caused by many factors, and beverage companies recognise their role to be part of the solution," the statement said. 

The three companies said they are also working with the Brazilian Association of Soft Drinks and Non-Alcoholic Beverages to ensure the new guidelines cover the entire industry.

Lawmakers across the world are putting increasing pressure on sugared CSDs, which health activists link to growing rates of global obesity. Earlier this year, the UK government announced plans for a sugar tax on beverages, which is expected to come into effect in 2018.