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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