Study Says Energy Drinks Pose Serious Risk to Kids
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.
- 2011 Feb 14
Energy drinks not only may make your kid hyper, but it turns out they might also make them seriously unhealthy.
A new study from the University of Miami School of Medicine says energy drinks could pose a risk for serious adverse health effects in some children, especially those with diabetes, seizures, cardiac abnormalities or mood and behavior disorders.
The study says the energy drinks "have no therapeutic benefit to children, and both the known and unknown properties of the ingredients, combined with reports of toxicity, may put some children at risk for adverse health events."
According to study surveys, adolescents account for half of the energy drink market, and as many as 50 percent have reported consuming energy drinks.
The study says energy drink overdose can lead to seizures, stroke and even sudden death.
Of the 5448 US caffeine overdoses reported in 2007, 46% occurred in those younger than 19 years.