Sugary drinks are a key source of calories, added sugar, and caffeine in children's diets. Excess consumption of these drinks is also related to development of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Despite widespread guidance to reduce sugary beverage consumption, children often have difficulty avoiding these drinks, which may be due to developing symptoms. However, a measurement tools that are able to identify sugar-sweetened beverage responses does not exist.
We have created a tool to measure these responses from sugary drinks. We are now looking to see if this tool can successfully measure symptoms that children may experience from the removal of sugary drinks for 3 days. The tool was created by first collecting and grouping together the feelings that another set of children reported after removing sugary drinks from their diet. These feelings were then combined with other measures of responses that already exist.
The ability to measure these symptoms from sugary drinks will be beneficial for understanding the responses that children who consume sugary drinks may experience when they are asked to briefly stop sugary drink consumption.