Que­bec teens largest con­sumers of sug­ary drinks, re­search shows

Montreal Gazette - - CITY -

Young Que­be­cers — from 15 to 17 years old — are large con­sumers of sug­ary drinks, the In­sti­tut de la statis­tique du Québec said Thurs­day.

The in­sti­tute says their re­search shows four in 10 Que­be­cers reg­u­larly con­sume var­i­ous types of sweet­ened bev­er­ages. Those peo­ple are more likely to be 15-to17-year-olds (63 per cent) and/or men (52 per cent). Of those, 39 per cent con­sume fruit-flavoured drinks on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

About half of Que­be­cers 15 and older con­sume soft drinks oc­ca­sion­ally or reg­u­larly. Reg­u­lar con­sump­tion is more com­mon among men (33 per cent) than women (19 per cent), and among those from 45 to 64 years old (28 per cent).

For the pur­poses of this study, oc­ca­sional use was de­fined as drink­ing a sweet­ened bev­er­age “two or three times a month” or “once a week,” while reg­u­lar con­sump­tion was for those who had two to six drinks a week, or one or more a day.

The study found fewer peo­ple con­sume en­ergy drinks than other types of sweet­ened bev­er­ages. Oc­ca­sional con­sump­tion of en­ergy drinks is 4.3 per cent, and reg­u­lar con­sump­tion just 1.8 per cent. Con­sump­tion is higher among 18-to-24-year-olds.

The study also found that con­sump­tion was higher among seden­tary cit­i­zens, at 47 per cent; smok­ers, up to 57 per cent and those clas­si­fied as in poor health.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The In­sti­tut de la statis­tique du Québec says four in 10 Que­be­cers reg­u­larly con­sume sweet­ened bev­er­ages.

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