Soft Drinks Teen Violence
October 26, 2011 by staff
According to researchers, high school students in downtown Boston who consumed more than five cans of diet soft drinks per week were between 9 percent and 15 percent more likely to engage in aggressive behavior compared to their peers who drank less.
“What we found was that there was a strong relationship between the number of sodas that these children within the city consumes and how violent it was, not only violence against their partners, but also dating violence, against brothers, “David Hemenway, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, told AFP.
“It was shocking to us when we saw that the relationship was clear,” he added.
The new study was based on responses to questionnaires completed by 1.878 public school students 14 to 18 in the center of the city of Boston. The majority of respondents were Hispanic, African American or mixed, few were Asian or white.
Adolescents were asked how many diet sodas soft drinks were consumed in the last seven days. They were also asked if they drank alcohol or smoked, had a gun or showed violence toward peers, family and couples dating.
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