‘Not Recommended For Children’ Is Printed On Every Can Of Energy Drink. So Why Do We Allow Under 16’s To Buy Them ?

Energy Drinks

 

By Jamie Oliver in Huffpost.

 

Over​ ​the​ ​last​ ​10​ ​years,​ ​there’s​ ​been​ ​a​ ​massive​ ​rise​ ​in​ ​our​ ​kids​ ​drinking​ ​energy​ ​drinks​ ​–​ ​it’s truly​ ​alarming​ ​and​ ​almost​ ​unbelievable​ ​how​ ​popular​ ​they’ve​ ​become.​ ​They’re​ ​not​ ​just hidden​ ​in​ ​school​ ​bags,​ ​they’re​ ​sometimes​ ​even​ ​in​ ​lunchboxes​ ​and​ ​consumed​ ​instead​ ​of breakfast.​ ​They’re​ ​everywhere​.

These​ ​dangerous​ ​drinks​ ​have​ ​become​ ​the​ ​norm​ ​–​ ​over​ ​two​ ​thirds​ ​of​ ​teens​ ​and​  just​ ​under​ ​a quarter​ ​of​ ​kids​ ​under​ ​the​ ​age​ ​of​ ​10​ ​drink​ ​some​ ​sort​ ​of​ ​energy​ ​drink,​ ​sometimes​ ​having​ ​one instead​ ​of​ ​a​ ​decent​ ​meal. ​Energy​ ​drink​ ​sales​ ​are​ ​going​ ​through​ ​the​ ​roof,​ ​rising​ ​a​ ​whopping 155%​ ​between​ ​2006​ ​and​ ​2014.

When​ ​a​ ​product​ ​grows​ ​that​ ​fast​ ​into​ ​a​ ​prolific​ ​problem;​ ​when​ ​it’s​ ​hurting​ ​our​ kids,​ ​damaging our​ ​health​ ​and​ ​compromising​ ​our​ ​teachers’​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​do​ ​their​ ​job,​​ ​then​ ​we​ have​​ ​to​ ​do something​ ​about​ ​it.​ ​These​ ​drinks​ ​are​ ​not​ ​safe​ ​for​ ​our​ ​kids,​ ​and​ ​now​ ​I​ ​believe​ ​it’s​ ​time​ ​to restrict​ ​their​ ​sale​ ​to​ ​all​ ​children​ ​under​ ​the​ ​age​ ​of​ ​16.

 

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