Soft drinks, high in refined sugar and syrups, have become increasingly popular worldwide.
Children and teenagers, always eager to be seen with the ‘cool kids’ drink, are easily influenced by clever marketing and the addictive nature of sugary beverages.
Alongside this trend, the rate of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents has been on the rise. There is growing concern that young people are severely suffering from the negative health effects of consuming high amounts of sugar from sugary drinks.
In response, researchers conducted a comprehensive study to explore the association between soft drink consumption and overweight/obesity among adolescents in 107 countries and regions.
In total, 405,528 school-going adolescents participated, with an average age of 14 years.
The research revealed a positive correlation between the prevalence of daily soft drink consumption and the rise of obesity among adolescents.