Teenagers in Quebec drink fizzy drinks

Young people aged 15 to 17 are large consumers of sugary drinks, reveals Thursday a bulletin of the Institute of Statistics of Quebec (ISQ).

The study shows that, with the cumulation of the various types of sweetened beverages, regular consumption affects four Quebecers in ten and is more prevalent among men, at 52%, and among young people aged 15 to 17 at 63%. Of these, 39% consume fruit-flavored drinks on a regular basis.

When only soft drinks are taken into account, the results of the study indicate that half of Quebecers aged 15 and over consume occasionally or regularly. Regular drinking is more prevalent among men (33%) than women (19%), and among those aged 45-64 (28%).

For the purposes of this study, occasional consumption was for people who had consumed one type of sweetened beverages “two or three times a month” or “once a week”, while regular consumption was for those who had consumed one type of drink Sweetened “two to six times a week”, “once a day” or “twice or more per day”.

The study also found that consumption of energy drinks is less widespread than other types of sugary drinks in the population (occasional consumption is 4.3% and regular consumption is 1.8%). The consumption of energy drinks, regular or occasional, is higher in the 18 to 24 age group than in the rest of the population.

On the other hand, the study found that regular drinking of sweetened beverages was more prevalent among sedentary people (47%), regular and occasional smokers (57% and 49%), and those who qualified as fair or poor General health (46%) and oral health (49%).

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The ISQ study was published in the recent bulletin Zoom santé , which gives a portrait of people who consume different types of sweetened beverages: soft, fruit-flavored, sports and energizing. The survey was conducted with 45,760 people.