Kids, beware: A new Yale research study has found a possible link between energy drinks and ADHD in middle school children.
Out of the 1,649 middle school students surveyed, those who drank beverages high in sugar and caffeine were 66 percent more likely to have symptoms of hyperactivity and inattention.
The study found that boys are more likely to consume energy drinks than girls. Black and Hispanic boys were more likely to drink the beverages than their white peers.
The findings from the Yale School of Public Health support the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation to limit consumption of sweetened beverages in children. The academy also notes that children shouldn’t consume energy drinks at all.
Previous research has found links between children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and poor academic outcomes, greater difficulties with peer relationships and increased susceptibility to injuries.