Everything in moderation, right?

2/23/2011:

[Continuing the ongoing “Morning Question of the Day” series…]

Energy Drinks & Kids: Does it need to be controversial?

Recently – the University of Miami School of Medicine released a study that said “Energy Drinks pose serious health risks for kids.”

The report emphasizes overdose of said energy drinks.

Guess what – you can also get sick, and even DIE if you drink too much WATER!

So it makes you wonder why reports like this are even published (and who might be the ones funding said propaganda.) If everyone just lived by simple rules like “Everything in Moderation,” or “Common Sense is good,” and “Don’t be an Idiot” we wouldn’t need fluff like this filling the airwaves.

Do you think energy drinks are bad? For kids or anyone else?

And what about Cocoa Puffs – which I bet this kid below ate before going to school. Should we ban breakfast cereals now too?

Imagine if he had a can of Four Loko? Haha!

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mooshu
mooshu
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 11:18 pm

If kids need energy drinks because they’re lethargic, then it’s because they’re eating way too many frozen chicken nuggets and spending too much time playing Wii.

mooshu
mooshu
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 11:15 pm

Why… the hell… would any child need an energy drink?

Don’t a good number of parents limit the amount of sugar their kids consume so they don’t go crack-crazy?

Spurs in Jerz
Spurs in Jerz
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 10:22 am

411, I read the study that you mentioned, but didn’t bother to watch the news clip. First, I do agree that it’s a bit of a fluff piece, likely written by a few med students/residents with a researcher to get their names out there. It’s entirely a review article that compiles prior studies and does nothing to advance the research and understanding of energy drinks more than we already know. It just makes it more convenient to read everything in one place. That being said, it’s grossly overstating that the article’s main focus was on “overdose” of energy drinks. Yes, that is a concern, but the way the researchers arrive at that point is 2-fold: One, energy drinks (since they are classified as nutritional supplements) are not regulated by anyone except the manufacturers, and therefore they are not required to disclose ingredient amounts and/or safety/efficacy data. The ubiquitous, “this product is not indicated to treat, diagnose, etc. a disease or illness” warning on bottles of 5-hour Energy et al. helps them skirt the issue of safety and efficacy by saying their product isn’t meant to do anything. Two (much more important, IMO), is that for some people stating “everything in moderation” is misleading and wrong. There are people out there who should not consume products without knowing what they are taking into their bodies. This article notes this by directly referring to children, adolescents, and young adults with illnesses such as liver and kidney disorders and even something as tragic… Read more »

HansBrix
HansBrix
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 6:49 am

Keep in mind that people are not all the same. While a lot of people have good judgment and can choose wisely, some, especially children and those prone to bad decision making, can clearly benefit from the moral guidance of a larger entity.

But that’s the problem with the nanny state. It imposes rules meant really for the young and the dim on everyone. I wish there was another way but I can’t think of it.

homeworld
homeworld
Reply to  HansBrix
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 8:59 am

Yeh. Like how Oddfellows imposes a three drink maximum on their Hurricanes. I blame Obama for that. [quote comment=”203667″]Keep in mind that people are not all the same. While a lot of people have good judgment and can choose wisely, some, especially children and those prone to bad decision making, can clearly benefit from the moral guidance of a larger entity. But that’s the problem with the nanny state. It imposes rules meant really for the young and the dim on everyone. I wish there was another way but I can’t think of it.[/quote]

tigerpac
tigerpac
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 5:54 am

Everything in moderation yes! With kids moderation is a lot lower than with adults so I think a lot of people just use the wrong scale.

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