Report highlights students’ soda consumption

October 23, 2012

By Staff

King County health officials called for teenagers to consume fewer sodas and other sugary drinks after a report showed 26,000 high school students countywide drink soda daily, and 8,000 students drink two or more sodas daily.

The information comes from a report released Sept. 6 about teenagers’ consumption of sugary drinks.

Such consumption is linked to risks for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and hypertension.

Countywide, two out of three middle and high school students reported drinking sugary drinks — including sodas, sports drinks or other flavored, sweetened drinks — at school, according to the report.

Of the youths consuming sugary beverages at school, 43 percent brought them from home, 29 percent bought them at school, 9 percent received them from friend and 20 percent obtained them through another means.

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