Sugary drinks linked to children's health problems

Sugary drinks linked to children's health problems

You now have one more reason to closely monitor how many sugary drinks your children consume daily. A new Yale School of Public Health study says middle school children who consume heavily sweetened energy drinks are more likely to suffer from hyperactivity and inattention problems.

The researchers studied a selected group of 1,649 middle-school students from an urban district in Connecticut. They found that boys were more likely to consume energy drinks than girls. They say they also discovered that black and Hispanic boys were more likely to drink the beverages than their white peers. The study says as the total number of sugar-sweetened beverages increased in the research, so too did the risk for hyperactivity and inattention symptoms among the middle-school students.

While they admit more research is needed to better understand the effects and the factors linking sweetened beverages and hyperactivity they admit previous research has shown a strong connection between children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

The authors also recommend that children avoid energy drinks, which in addition to high levels of sugar also often contain caffeine.

You can read more on this study in the journal Academic Pediatrics.

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