Bebidas de soda y salud en niños

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J Pediatr. 2013 Nov;163(5):1323-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2013.06.023. Epub 2013 Aug 19.

Soft drinks consumption is associated with behavior problems in 5-year-olds.

Suglia SF1, Solnick S, Hemenway D.


OBJECTIVE:To examine soda consumption and aggressive behaviors, attention problems, and withdrawal behavior among 5-year-old children.STUDY DESIGN:
The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study is a prospective birth cohort study that follows a sample of mother-child pairs from 20 large US cities. Mothers reported children’s behaviors using the Child Behavior Checklist at age 5 years and were asked to report how many servings of soda the child drinks on a typical day.

In the sample of 2929 children, 52% were boys, 51% were African-American, 43% consumed at least one serving of soda per day, and 4% consumed 4 or more servings per day. In analyses adjusted for sociodemographic factors, consuming one (beta, 0.7; 95% CI, 0.1-1.4), 2 (beta, 1.8; 95% CI, 0.8-2.7), 3 (beta, 2.0; 95% CI, 0.6-3.4), or 4 or more (beta, 4.7; 95% CI, 3.2-6.2) servings was associated with a higher aggressive behavior score compared with consuming no soda. Furthermore, those who consumed 4 or more (beta, 1.7; 95% CI, 1.0-2.4) soda servings had higher scores on the attention problems subscale. Higher withdrawn behavior scores were noted among those consuming 2 (beta, 1.0; 95% CI, 0.3-1.8) or 4 or more (beta, 2.0; 95% CI, 0.8-3.1) soda servings compared with those who consumed no soda.

We note an association between soda consumption and negative behavior among very young children; future studies should explore potential mechanisms that could explain this association.
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Int J Inj Contr Saf Promot. 2014;21(3):266-73. doi: 10.1080/17457300.2013.815631. Epub 2013 Jul 8.

Soft drinks, aggression and suicidal behaviour in US high school students.


Consumption of carbonated soft drinks has been rising among teens, and recent research has identified potential links to violence, depression, suicidal thoughts and suicidal behaviour. We analyse a national data-set, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, to examine the relationship between soft drink consumption and aggression, depression and suicidal behaviours among US adolescents. We find that higher soft drink consumption is associated with a range of undesirable behaviours: being in a physical fight, feeling sad or hopeless and having suicidal thoughts and actions. The data display a ‘dose-response’ relationship, with the percentage engaged in aggression or suicidal behaviour increasing steadily with greater quantities of soft drinks consumed. While further research is needed to determine if the association is causal, soft drink consumption may be a useful indicator for both aggression and suicidal behaviours among American high school students.

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