Worrying numbers of young teenagers are risking tooth decay and obesity by regularly consuming high-sugar sport drinks, dental experts warn.
Cardiff University’s School of Dentistry found 89% of 12 to 14-year-olds quizzed used the drinks – 68% at least once a week with most parents and children unaware the drinks aren’t suitable for children.
Researchers found the 160 children surveyed at four schools were attracted to the drinks because of their sweet taste, low price and availability.
Half said they drank them socially rather than in a sports setting, and only 18% claimed to drink them because of perceived performanceenhancing effects.
Maria Morgan, senior lecturer in dental public health, says: “The purpose of sports drinks is being misunderstood.
“This study clearly shows evidence of high-school aged children being attracted to these high sugar and low pH level drinks, leading to an increased risk of dental cavities, enamel erosion and obesity.”
More than 1,000 women in the UK die every month from secondary breast cancer – when it has spread to other parts of the body. Sadly, there is currently no cure but a new charity launches today to raise funds for research. Secondary1st has been set up by the family of Rosie Choueka, 38, who died from the disease last year.
Her husband Elliot says: “We will tenaciously raise as much money as we can to enable the brightest people in secondary breast cancer research to pursue the answers so terribly needed.”
OOOAn app has been launched which measures exactly how much sun exposure your skin can safely take before it burns.
HappySun has been developed in collaboration with the European Space agency and uses satellites to measure dangerous UV radiation in your location. It then combines this with your personal data including your skin type and your suncream’s SPF.
Free from Apple and Android App stores, or at happysun.co.uk.
ANDREW GREGORY is the Mirror’s Health Editor