Teens Drink More Water Thanks to Schools
Less high school students are drinking soda, according to a recent study released in mid-June. Only 25 percent of students drink soda every day. That’s nearly 50 percent less daily pop drinkers than there were 10 to 15 years ago.
About 75 percent of teenagers had at least one soft drink a day in the mid-90s to the early 2000s. It seems we can thank our schools for such a reduction. They’ve removed sugary drinks and unhealthy snacks from the vending machines.
“Initially, people think that 25 percent is pretty good, but when you take all [sugary drinks] into account, at least two thirds of students are drinking these daily, and that’s bad,” said Nancy Brener, the study’s author, who is also a CDC researcher.
Brener says to further control soda intake, it has to start at home. Parents must have more control over what teens are drinking.
“The schools are an important first step, and we’re excited to see strides there, but there are still other avenues where we need to encourage change,” she said.
Still, the study found plenty of good news. First of all, almost three-fourths of students consume at least one serving of water a day.
“We were pleased to see the No. 1 drink consumed on a daily basis was water,” she said. “When we went into this study, we didn’t know what we were going to find.”
Additionally, few students drink other caffeinated drinks. Only 15 percent of high schoolers drink coffee or tea daily, and only 5 percent drink energy drinks daily.
I personally think this is wonderful news. I remember similar soda restrictions at my high school 5 years ago. Superintendents would turn off the vending machines during lunch time. Though most students griped that they couldn’t have their mid-day can of pop, it seems that these soda regulations are paying off.
As for parents, they could replace sugary drinks in the fridge with bottles of water. Unsurprisingly, your teens will probably meet you with resistance, but once you show them you’re serious about water consumption, they’ll be forced to get used to the change.
Via US News
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