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    Consumption of foods and drinks, specifically the types that contain high concentrations of sugars, salts and fats have been in the public eye for many years. Researchers in the medical field are very concerned with the growing incidence of diabetes, and obesity in this country, so much so that it is hard to not find an article daily in the paper, on TV or on the web about this. The correlation of lifestyle choices and nutrition choices also sparked a social debate about who should be in charge of or responsible for the decision making regarding these personal choices.  We want you to look at this from a health and safety perspective.


    Student will:

    Read the attached article “Energy Drinks Can Be Dangerous for Teens”.   You will then create a mini research project/report that addresses the following.

    You will use theLHSMediaCenter's databases and resources to research the topic of energy drinks and supplements and complete the following tasks or questions:

    What are the health effects of energy drinks (ex. Gatorade) on children and young athletes?  

     Student will:

    Interview 10 classmates (equally divided among male and female) and find out if they use any supplements or drink energy drinks, ask them why they use that supplement or energy drink. Create a graphic organizer with three columns – students initials (no names), students gender, students responses. Review and consider your research and the responses of your peers. What conclusions and inferences can you make? 

    Are there any patterns or observations from your short survey that you can identify? What reasons might be suggested for the pattern? 

     Student will:

    Select one additional sport or diet supplement (such as creatine) and research this product. Include in the report, the name of the product, its advertised or reported effects, and then the actual effects on the body and to a person’s health both short and long term. Include information such as- how much does the product cost, how is it marketed, where is it purchased? You must provide a list of your references or resources.

    You will also answer the following question: What government regulatory agency is responsible for overview or approval of health supplements and sports drinks? 


    Your assignment will be evaluated on the following:

    Completion of all assignment tasks.

    Use of accurate content information.

    Creativity – artistic expression and design. 




    Energy Drinks Can Be Dangerous for Teens, Report Says

    ByAPFeb 14th 2011 12:43PM

    Categories:Children's Health   AOL Health

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     Energy drinks are under-studied, overused and can be dangerous for children and teens, warns a report by doctors who say kids shouldn't use the popular products.

    The potential harms, caused mostly by too much caffeine or similar ingredients, include heart palpitations, seizures, strokes and even sudden death, the authors write in the medical journal Pediatrics. They reviewed data from the government and interest groups, scientific literature, case reports and articles in popular and trade media.

    Dakota Sailor, 18, a high school senior in Carl Junction,Mo., says risks linked with energy drinks aren't just hype.

    Sailor had a seizure and was hospitalized for five days last year after drinking two large Nos energy drinks -- a brand he'd never tried before. He said his doctor thinks caffeine or caffeine-like ingredients may have been to blame.

    The report says some cans have four to five times more caffeine than soda, and Sailor said some kids he knows "drink four or five of them a day. That's just dumb."

    Sailor has sworn off the drinks and thinks other kids should, too.

    The report's authors want pediatricians to routinely ask patients and their parents about energy drink use and to advise against drinking them.

    "We would discourage the routine use" by children and teens, said Dr. Steven Lipshultz, pediatrics chairman at theUniversityofMiami's medical school. He wrote the report with colleagues from that center.

    The report says energy drinks often contain ingredients that can enhance the jittery effects of caffeine or that can have other side effects including nausea and diarrhea. It says they should be regulated as stringently as tobacco, alcohol and prescription medicines.

    "For most children, adolescents, and young adults, safe levels of consumption have not been established," the report said.

    Tracking side effects, overdoses
    Introduced more than 20 years ago, energy drinks are the fastest growingU.S.beverage market; 2011 sales are expected to top $9 billion, the report said. It cites research suggesting that about one-third of teens and young adults regularly consume energy drinks. Yet research is lacking on risk from long-term use and effects in kids -- especially those with medical conditions that may increase the dangers, the report said.

    The report comes amid a crackdown on energy drinks containing alcohol and caffeine, including recent Food and Drug Administration warning letters to manufacturers and bans in several states because of alcohol overdoses.

    The report focuses on nonalcoholic drinks but emphasizes that drinking them along with alcohol is dangerous.

    The American Association of Poison Control Centers adopted codes late last year to start tracking energy drink overdoses and side effects nationwide; 677 cases occurred from October through December; so far, 331 have been reported this year.

    Most 2011 cases involved children and teens. Of the more than 300 energy drink poisonings this year, a quarter of them involved kids younger than 6, according to a data chart from the poison control group.

    That's a tiny fraction of the more than 2 million poisonings from other substances reported to the group each year. But the chart's list of reported energy drink-related symptoms is lengthy, including seizures, hallucinations, rapid heart rate, chest pain, high blood pressure and irritability, but no deaths.

    Monday's paper doesn't quantify drink-related complications or deaths. It cites other reports on a few deaths inEuropeof teens or young adults who mixed the drinks with alcohol, or who had conditions like epilepsy that may have increased the risks.

    Maureen Storey, senior vice president of science policy at the American Beverage Association, an industry group, said the report "does nothing more than perpetuate misinformation" about energy drinks.

    Many of the drinks contain much less caffeine than coffee from popular coffeehouses, and caffeine amounts are listed on many of the products, she said in a written statement.

    Caffeine is safe, but those who are sensitive to it can check the labels, she said.

    A clinical report on energy drinks is expected soon from theAmericanAcademyof Pediatrics that may include guidelines for doctors.

    Dr. Marcie Schneider, an adolescent medicine specialist inGreenwich,Connecticut, and member of the academy's nutrition committee, praised Monday's report for raising awareness about the risks.

    "These drinks have no benefit, no place in the diet of kids," Schneider said.

    Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.