While soft drinks are becoming a whole lot harder to find in U.S. schools, a recent survey discovered that other sugary beverages, like sports drinks, are still easily available.
While many institutions have banished soda from vending machines, school stores, and cafeterias, they have not worked as hard to banish sports drinks, reports MSNBC.
Yvonne Terry-McElrath, the study’s lead author and a researcher at the university’s Institute for Social Research stated:
“Public school districts really have been getting the message that regular sodas are not a good thing for our kids to be drinking.”
The study, which was published in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, showed that the number of students who buy pop in high school fell from 54 percent in 2006 to 25 percent in 2011.
Also, access to pop by younger middle school students fell from 27 percent to 13 percent. The study showed that, despite these advances, fruit drinks, sports drinks, and other sugary beverages that can lead to obesity over time were still readily available in schools.
Fox News reports that more than half of middle school students and the majority of high school students were still able to buy the sugary drinks during the 2010-2011 academic year. While the data was a decline from the 2006-2007 school year, researchers believe the numbers are still too high. Terry-McElrath stated:
“In general, people still perceive sports drinks as a health option for kids.”
A USDA spokeswoman, Regan Hopper, stated that the agency could not comment on the study at this time, unless they perform an extensive review.
Do you think it would be helpful to ban schools from allowing beverages like sports drinks and juice drinks with added sugar to be sold?