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Adolescent Consumption of Sports and Energy Drinks: Linkages to Higher Physical Activity, Unhealthy Beverage Patterns, Cigarette Smoking, and Screen Media Use

Larson N, DeWolfe J, Story M, Neumark-Sztainer M (2014) Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior Volume 46 181-187 

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Abstract:

OBJECTIVE:

To examine patterns of adolescent sports and energy drink (SED) consumption and identify behavioral correlates.

DESIGN:

Data were drawn from Eating and Activity in Teens, a population-based study.

SETTING:

Adolescents from 20 middle and high schools in Minneapolis/St Paul, MN completed classroom-administered surveys.

PARTICIPANTS:

A total of 2,793 adolescents (53.2% girls) in grades 6-12.

VARIABLES MEASURED:

Beverage patterns; breakfast frequency; moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA); media use; sleep; and cigarette smoking.

ANALYSIS:

Linear and logistic regression models were used to estimate associations between health behaviors and SED consumption, adjusting for demographics.

RESULTS:

Over a third of adolescents consumed sports drinks and 14.7% consumed energy drinks at least once a week. Among boys and girls, both sports and energy drink consumption were related to higher video game use; sugar-sweetened beverage and fruit juice intake; and smoking (P < .05). Sports drink consumption was also significantly related to higher MVPA and organized sport participation for both genders (P < .01).

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS:

Although sports drink consumption was associated with higher MVPA, adolescents should be reminded of recommendations to consume these beverages only after vigorous, prolonged activity. There is also a need for future interventions designed to reduce SED consumption, to address the clustering of unhealthy behaviors.

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