Soda Linked to Violence in Teenage Boys
Does your teenager drink at least four cans of soda or the equivalent a day? If so, there is a greater likelihood, that your teen will act violently and maybe even carry a weapon says research.
According to researchers Sara Solnick of the University of Vermont and David Hemenway, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, teens in the study who drank more than five cans of non-diet soda per day reported behaving violently towards others in greater measure than teens who did not consume that much soda. The soda drinkers also were more likely to report having carried a gun or knife in the past year. (msnbc)
David Hemenway and colleagues had a group of 1,878 public school students, aged 14-18 from inner-city Boston fill out questionnaires, pinpointing how much soda they had consumed in the last seven days. (Jonathan Benson, Natural News) There were questions about students' backgrounds, including race and how often they ate meals with their families. Finally, they were asked how often they carried weapons, consumed alcohol, smoked, and had a violent interaction with another person. (Benson, Natural News)
Students' responses were separated into two groups: those who drank up to four cans (low consumption); and those who drank five or more (high consumption). Just under one in three (30 percent) respondents fell into the high consumption category. (msnbc)
The study controlled for age, gender and alcohol consumption. But even after allowing for the impact of these factors, researchers found an unmistakable link between surgary non-diet soft drinks and aggressive behavior. (Rob Stein, Washington Post, reported in the Times Union)
Only 23 percent of those who had low soda consumption carried a gun or knife, and 15 percent had perpetrated violence toward a partner. On the other hand, students of high soda consumption had higher percentages of violent behavior. Forty-three percent carried a gun or knife and 27 percent had been violent toward a partner. Violence towards peers rose from 35 percent (low consumption) to 58 percent (high consumption) while violence towards siblings rose from 25.4 percent to 43 percent." (Stein, Washington Post, Times Union)Continued on the next page