CHILDREN who consume too much sugar are more likely to fight, bully, smoke and drink alcohol, a study claims.
Scientists asked more than 100,000 children aged 11, 13 and 15 how much they drink as well as indulge in “risky” behaviour such as fighting, smoking and bullying.
They found those who consumed the most sugar were 78 per cent more likely to misbehave.
Sugary drinks seemed to trigger more risk-taking behaviour than sweets and chocolate.
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The study, conducted across 26 countries by researchers in Italy and Israel, said: “Since sugary drinks also often contain additives, including caffeine, it is possible sugar in combination with some additives makes soft drinks a more powerful or consistent predictor.”
High sugar consumption was linked with fighting in 23 of the 26 countries.
The authors said: “This study underscores the importance of directing public health attention to the interconnections between healthy nutrition and behavioural tendencies during adolescent years.”