Energy Drinks & Hyperactivity In School Children

Yale News – Michael Greenwood

Middle-school children who consume heavily sweetened energy drinks are 66% more likely to be at risk for hyperactivity and inattention symptoms, a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health has found.

The finding has implications for school success and lends support to existing recommendations to limit the amount of sweetened beverages schoolchildren drink. The authors also recommend that children avoid energy drinks, which in addition to high levels of sugar also often contain caffeine. The study is published in the journal Academic Pediatrics.

The research team — led by professor Jeannette Ickovics, director of CARE (Community Alliance for Research and Engagement) at the School of Public Health — surveyed 1,649 middle-school students randomly selected from a single urban school district in Connecticut. Read More