Do you know energy drinks can pose serious health risks to children?

Do you know energy drinks can pose serious health risks to children?

The study revealed that energy drinks pose risks to the physical and mental health of children.
Do you know energy drinks can pose serious health risks to children?

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16 Jan 2024

A recent scientific review has shown that energy drinks pose risks to the physical and mental health of children. 

The study, conducted by experts from Teesside University and Newcastle University, analyzed data from 57 studies involving over 1.2 million young people aged nine to 21 from 21 countries.

The findings revealed that children consuming these drinks, which can contain more caffeine than a cup of coffee, face higher chances of being overweight and developing heart problems also include mental health risks like anxiety, depression, and even suicide attempts. 

Other hazards associated with energy drinks include poor sleep quality, ADHD symptoms, and severe stress.

These drinks, like Red Bull, Prime, and Monster, may have up to 150mg of caffeine and can contain up to 21 teaspoons of sugar, increasing the risk of weight gain in children. 

The review also highlighted associations with unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as smoking, drinking alcohol, vaping, and poor sleep quality.

Boys were found to be more likely to consume energy drinks than girls. 

The study did not name specific brands but emphasized the need to restrict the sales of these drinks to children. 

Notably, the review pointed out that the caffeine content, combined with sugar and other stimulants, could contribute to the health issues observed.

They called for action and regulation, emphasizing that the fastest-growing sector of the soft drink market needs attention.

It's important to note that previous research found that up to a third of children in the UK consume energy drinks weekly, a higher proportion than in any other European country.

While some nations have already regulated these drinks, the UK has not implemented a ban on sales to under-16s despite initial plans.

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