A report from the UK’s Food Research Collaboration is calling for increased measures to prevent the excessive consumption of energy drinks among children and young people.
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What’s the Problem?
July 25, 2016 – The report found that consumption of energy drinks among young people is increasing globally, and predicted that the 10-14 year old consumer group will grow by at least 11% from 2014-2019.
It also said that 68% of adolescents (11-18 years old) consumed energy drinks, with 11% drinking at least 1 liter at a time. Among children 10-years-old and younger, 18% consume energy drinks and 12% drink at least 1 liter per session.
The report references studies that link energy drinks to health problems including headaches, stomach aches and sleeping difficulties.
It notes that “there are significant gaps in the evidence base around the health impact of energy drinks. However, the evidence that has emerged so far indicates some effects worrying enough for policy makers and civil society in the UK to take notice and develop a plan for action.”
The British government is scheduled to introduce a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in 2018 in an attempt to curb childhood obesity. However, the researchers noted the high content of both sugar and caffeine in many popular energy drinks.
A single can of energy drink can contain 160 mg of caffeine, more than the daily recommended intake for an 11-year-old, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The report makes the following recommendations to curb energy drink consumption among young people:
- Each education authority could have an official responsible for implementing energy drink strategies across all schools.
- Every local health authority could have a shared policy and strategy on energy drinks and kids.
- Local authorities could use existing powers in licensing, trading standards and planning, which could limit the sale and consumption of energy drinks by young people.
- The legalization on the labeling of energy drinks could be reinforced to improve communication about the dangers of caffeine and sugar consumption for children.
- Energy drinks marketed to children could be made illegal.
- The government could consider setting limits on the sugar and caffeine content of energy drinks.
- Legislation could be implemented to ban the sale of energy drinks to children, similar to alcohol and tobacco.
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