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energy drinks

Energy Drinks

The harmful effects of energy drinks on a growing child’s body

By: Michelle Wobbe

what is an energy drink
What is an energy drink?

An energy drink is a type of beverage containing stimulant drugs, chiefly caffeine, which is marketed as providing mental and physical stimulation. They may or may not be carbonated and many also contain sugar or other sweeteners, herbal extracts and amino acids. There are many brands and varieties of energy drinks.

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Energy Drinks
  • Energy drinks are highly caffeinated and stimulating beverages.
  • There currently no regulations forbidding children from the purchase of energy drinks.
  • The increase in caffeine intake among children and adolescents has resulted in an increase in physical and physiological impairments.
  • It also contributes to childhood obesity, diabetes, kidney disease and behavioral issues.
energy drinks ingredients
Energy Drinks Ingredients:
  • 4 times the amount of caffeine as coffee
  • Also contain Guarana (a caffeine containing plant extract) One gram of gaurana equals 40 mg of caffeine
  • Other stimulants: taurine, ginseng, l-carnitine, creatine
  • Large Amount of SUGAR
initial effects
Initial Effects:
  • Elevated Blood Pressure
  • Heart Palpitations
  • These initial reactions lead to a drastic increase in emergency room visits. Children are rushed to hospital with life threatening seizures.
  • More males than females.
  • More prevalent in children taking ADD medication. Combination can be deadly.
desired effect
Desired Effect:
  • Believe it will enhance their performance. Either in the classroom or on the playing field
  • Children feel pressure to perform at a level of excellence in today’s competitive world.
  • Others want the burst of energy or high they provide
side effects
Side Effects:

Heart Arrhythmia

Heart rhythm problems (heart arrhythmias) occur when the electrical impulses in your heart that coordinate your heartbeats don't work properly, causing your heart to beat too fast, too slow or irregularly.

  • Can be caused by the many stimulants found in the energy drink
  • Proven to be deadly if there is an unknown underlying heart defect
  • When combined with extreme exercise has shown to be deadly
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Side Effects

Type II Diabetes

  • On the rise with consumption of Energy Drinks. They are high in sugar and high in calories. These empty calories result in weight gain and lead to the onset of diabetes.
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Side Effects

Kidney Stones

  • Once an older man’s disease children are now developing kidney stones. –No prior kidney health factors
  • Urine becomes super concentrated without proper water intake. Crystals can grow into stones in short amount of time the longer they sit in the concentrated urine
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Side Effects

Sleep Patterns

  • Disrupts circadianrhythms patterns.
  • Without proper rest and sleep our bodies feel tired and exhausted. When the rise they reach for energy drink to bring them out of their exhausted state- endless cycle.
  • Also leads to aggressive behaviors and anxiety
  • Claim not to target children. Children are intrigued by names like Monster &Rockstar
  • Packaging appeals to children. Bright and flashy.
  • Same type of containers as soda.
lack of regulations
Lack of Regulations
  • Currently are marketed as a supplement not a soda.
  • Many states are purposing to impart regulations similar to those of cigarettes and alcohol.
  • Readily available at corner gas stations and even dollar stores.
attempts to regulate
Attempts to Regulate

New York Times

Medical Daily


Safety Becomes a Concern With High-Caffeine Drinks


As consumption of energy drinks soars in the United States, critics say the Food and Drug Administration has allowed the drinks to languish in a regulatory gray area.

October 24, 2012 BUSINESSNEWS

  • US Lawmakers Threaten To Ban Energy Drink Industry From Marketing To Children [VIDEO]
  • By Matthew Mientka | Aug 3, 2013 04:18 PM EDT
  • Despite side effects- Energy drinks are consumed 30%-50% by adolescents and young adults.
  • Children and teens are looking to combat fatigue and increase alertness
  • Excessive use can prove deadly
  • “As parents and professionals working with children, we should take every opportunity to create experiences for our children to discover that proper nutrition and exercise will naturally fuel them with energy to spare”

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