BDA Response to Energy Drinks Consultation30 August 2018
The BDA welcomes the Government’s consultation and supports legislation to ban the sale of energy drinks with high levels of caffeine (over 150 mg/l) to children under the age of 18 – including in vending machines.
We’ve previously given evidence to the Parliamentary Select Committee on this issue – too much caffeine can have a negative effect on blood pressure, sleep and headaches in children and adolescents. It can also impact on the absorption of calcium. Too much of the free sugars contained in some energy drinks can also contribute to the development diabetes and obesity.
Efforts to reduce energy drink intake must be linked to wider education campaigns to encourage healthier diets amongst children and adults.
You can also read a summary of the evidence on the impact of energy drinks on young people from one of our dietitians - Annabel Gipp.
The British Dietetic Association (BDA), founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 9,000 members.
Dietitians are highly qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level. They are statutorily regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), alongside other Allied Health Professions.
Dietitians use the most up to date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices. They work in the NHS, private practice, industry, education, research, sport, media and government. Their advice influences food and health policy across the spectrum from government and global industry to local communities and individuals.