The new findings reveal that the current recommendations of sugary drinks in middle-school children should be limited.
The study also shows that children should avoid drinking energy drinks because they contain a high level of sugar and caffeine.
The team of researchers who conducted the study surveyed 1,649 middle school students who were selected at random from an urban school district in Connecticut.
According to the survey, boys consume more energy drinks than girls. The study also shows that Hispanic and black boys are more likely to drink the beverages, as compared to the white children. The average age of the participants in the study was 12.4 years old.
Jeannette Ickovics, professor and director of Community Alliance for Research and Engagement at the Yale University School of Public Health, said that the kids who consumed sugar-sweetened energy drinks were more likely to show symptoms of hyperactivity and attention deficit.
Professor Ickovics advises parents to limit the consumption of sweetened drinks among their children. Also, she adds that children should not consume energy drinks at all because of their high sugar content and caffeine.
Professor Ickovics says that more studies are needed in order to understand the effects that link sweetened drinks to hyperactivity.
Previous studies have shown that there is a strong correlation between kids who suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and academic results, difficulties in forming relationships, and an increase risk of injuries.
Reports show that some sugar-sweetened and energy drinks consumed by the young students contain up to 40gr of sugar per bottle.
The kids involved in the study consumed an average of two drink daily, with a range of 0 to 7 or more beverages.
Health officials recommend that kids consume no more than 21 to 3gr of sugar daily, depending on the children’s age.
In addition to inattention and hyperactivity symptoms, sugared drinks are also linked to childhood obesity.
According to recent statistics, approximately 1/3 of American schoolchildren are obese or overweight.
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