Teeangers who spend more time watching television, talking on mobile phones and using social media are more likely to drink sugared or caffeinated drinks than others.
That’s the finding of a new study conducted by researchers at Hamilton’s McMaster University.
They looked at U.S. data from 32,418 students in Grades 8 and 10 and found those who spent an additional hour per day on television were at 32 per cent higher risk of exceeding World Health Organization recommendations for sugar.
They were also at a 28 per cent increased risk of exceeding WHO recommendations for caffeine.
Each hour per day of talking on a mobile phone or using social media was also linked to increased risk of exceeding both added sugar and caffeine recommendations.
But playing video games was only weakly linked to more caffeine while using a computer for school was actually linked to a lower likelihood of exceeding sugar guidelines.
Boys drank more sodas and energy drinks than girls, while girls reported greater use of electronic devices than boys.
Youth in Grade 8 consumed more sodas and energy drinks than those in Grade 10.
Nevertheless, researchers say soda and energy drink intake has trended downwards between 2013 and 2016.
McMaster researchers teamed up with researchers from California State University in Fullerton, Calif., and published the work today in the journal PLOS ONE.
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