According to a sugar research group, energy Drinks should have an age restriction similar to smoking or buying alcohol, to limit who consumes the products.
New shock research from charity action on sugar claims that many youngsters think the drinks will aid them with sports performance, whilst being unaware that some contain as much as 20 teaspoons of sugar.
With the Government saying teenagers are consuming 50% more than the maximum sugar they should be, with a larger proportion of it coming from sugary drinks, the charity is now calling on energy drinks to be banned for under 16s.
The British Soft Drinks Association (BDSA) says: “These products are called energy drinks for a reason – they deliver a caffeine or glucose-based energy boost”
“BSDA members do not promote energy drinks to children under 16 and all products are clearly labelled in compliance with EU regulations”
Earlier this year, Public Health England launched a campaign called ‘Change4Life’, which will aim to advise families to make simple swaps to cut out sugary food and drinks.
In Nottingham, nearly 22 per cent of children are classed as obese and life expectancy of people is more than two years lower than the national average.
Moreover, one in six three-year olds in Nottingham are suffering from visible tooth decay.
The National Institute for Health and care Excellence (Nice) issued a new draft guidance last year saying that people with normal weight should be urged to avoid sugar sweetened drinks including fizzy drinks, sport drinks, squashes and any other drinks that contain added sugar.
NHS guidance suggests that children can get all the energy the body needs from a balanced diet of fruit, veg, pasta and rice without added sugars.