HAMILTON – Teens who spend more time watching TV, talking about mobile phones and using social media are more likely to drink drinks or caffeine than others.
McMaster University researchers examined US data from 32,418 students in Grade 8 and Phase 10 and found that people who spent more time on television had a risk of more than 32 per cent more than the Organisation's recommendations. World Health on sugar.
There was also an increased risk of 28 per cent that they exceeded the WHO's caffeine recommendations.
Every hour a day talking on a mobile phone or using social media was also linked to an increased risk of having more sugar and caffeine recommendations. But playing video games was not just about more caffeine and a computer was really involved with a school with a lower probability that it violated sugar guidelines.
The data related to material collected 2013 to 2016 by a US national study called Future Monitoring.
McMaster researchers worked with researchers from California State University in Fullerton, Calif., And published the work Tuesday in the magazine PLOS ONE.
Co-researcher Katherine Morrison, McMaster's professor of pediatric, found that more than 27 per cent of those surveyed exceeded the recommended sugar intake and 21 per cent of recommended caffeine from soda and energy drinks in 2016 exceeded.
Boys were drinking more sodas and energy drinks than girls, and girls reported more use of electronic devices than boys.
Youth in Grade 8 spent more sodas and energy drinks than those in Grade 10.
However, researchers say there has been a reduction in soda intake and energy consumption between 2013 and 2016.
Sweetened sugar and artificial sweetened drinks are linked to obesity, diabetes, dental cavities and poor sleep. Too much caffeine, as found in energy drinks, is associated with headaches, higher blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and pain in the chest as well as poor sleep.
The Canadian Pediatric Society encourages young people and children to drink sports or drink energy drinks.