Obesity and overweight among children are major health threat which necessitates immediate action while these children are still young. Several nations considered the magnitude of this problem which can be really alarming in the future. In response to this, state bans regarding the selling of soda products or sugary drinks at the school vicinity are employed. However, this strategy of the government is still not enough in an attempt to keep children from buying sugary products, and the number of children consuming these products is still high, according to a study.
In the report of the Harvard School of Public Health, “soft drinks are the beverage of choice for millions of Americans. Some drink them morning, noon, night, and in between. They’re tasty, available everywhere, and inexpensive. They’re also a prime source of extra calories that can contribute to weight gain. Once thought of as innocent refreshment, soft drinks are also coming under scrutiny for their contributions to the development of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic conditions. Diet soft drinks, made with artificial sweeteners, may not be the best alternatives to regular soft drinks.”
The intake and consumption of these sugary products for the past decades have been increasing up to this date. What is more alarming is that the youth especially the children have consumed greater amounts of these sugary products which puts a great deal of threat into their health which includes being overweight, obese, and having increase blood sugar level. Some of these sugary products which are consumed by the children include sodas, high-caloric fruit drinks and sport drinks which contain large amount of sugar and calorie which should be burned through activities. However, most of these children tend to be sedentary rather than doing physical activities such as playing and exercising.
The study which claimed that the general consumption of sugary products by the youth does not decrease despite government efforts to ban sugary drinks in schools was reported in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. The study involved the analysis and examination of data gathered from about 6,900 pupils from public schools among the 40 states in United States. The researchers compared the overall consumption of sugary drinks by these students in states where there is a government ban on selling of sugary products in the school vicinity and the consumption of these products in states where there is no policy regarding the selling of sugary products, or those states who only ban selling of sodas in schools.
The researchers found out that there is about 66.6 per cent reported in-school access to sugary drinks both in states with beverage policy and without, and about 28.9 per cent reported buying of sugary drinks among the states with beverage policy compared to 26 per cent for those states with no beverage bans.
Moreover, the researchers said in conclusion: “state policies regulating beverages sold in middle schools were associated with reduced in-school sugar-sweetened beverage access and purchasing only if they banned all sugar-sweetened beverages. Access and purchasing were equivalent in states that banned only soda compared with those with no policy at all.”