A new study has linked soft drinks to aggression and other behavior problems in young children. Just when you thought there was already too much bad news out there about sugary sodas, here comes a little more from a team that will soon publish their findings in The Journal Of Pediatrics.
The researchers headed up by Shakira Suglia studied 3,000 5-year-old children from the Fragile Families and Child Well-being Study taking place in 20 American cities.
It turned out that even 5-year-olds drink a lot of soft drinks. The team learned that 43 percent of children drank at least one soft drink a day.
Four percent drank four or more servings.
And the more soft drinks the children consumed, the more aggressive they were. The team’s statement said: “Children who drank 4 or more soft drinks per day were more than twice as likely to destroy things belonging to others, get into fights, and physically attack people.”
Children who drank more soft drinks also had more problems paying attention.
It’s just one more drop in an ocean of bad news for people who enjoy soft drinks.
There have been multiple studies linking the sugary beverages and type 2 diabetes. For instance, an April study found that people who drank only one 12 ounce soft drink a day had an 18 percent greater chance of getting type 2 diabetes than people who didn’t drink any at all.
In May, a different team published a study which said that if you drank just one soft drink a day, you would also have an elevated risk of developing kidney stones.
And some people are fighting back against the sugary sodas. New York mayor Michael Bloomberg gained national attention when he attempted to ban the sale of soft drinks larger than 16 ounces in NYC. The ban was struck down by an appeals court in New York on July 30.
With or without a legal ban, if the link between soft drinks and aggression stands up, people might be smart to cut back.