Energy Drinks Linked to Unhealthy Teen Behaviors
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2014 May 12
For adolescents, sports and energy drink (SED) consumption is related to unhealthy behaviors, including smoking and video game use, according to a study published in the May-June issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
Researchers examined patterns and behavioral correlates for adolescent SED consumption. Data were collected from a population-based study involving 2,793 adolescent (53.2 percent girls) in grades six to 12.
The researchers found that more than one-third of adolescents consumed sports drinks and 14.7 percent consumed energy drinks once or more per week. Correlations were seen for both sports and energy drink consumption with higher video game use, sugar-sweetened beverage and fruit juice intake, and smoking in boys and girls. For both genders, sports drink consumption correlated with higher moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and organized sport participation.
"Although sports drink consumption was associated with higher moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, adolescents should be reminded of recommendations to consume these beverages only after vigorous, prolonged activity," the authors write. "There is also a need for future interventions designed to reduce SED consumption, to address the clustering of unhealthy behaviors."