The aim of study was to evaluate the differences in frequency of consuming of several assortments of beverages, in this so-called energy drinks, among high-school’s youth depending on their physical activities and body weight status. The investigated population included 620 students (307 girls and 313 boys) in age from 16 to 20 years from randomly selected 5 high schools of Poznan city. It was found out that young subjects performing higher physical activity consumed energy drinks twice often (p<0,001), in comparison to less active ones. They also manifested significantly higher frequency of consumption of other beverages assortments, with except of mineral water. Overweight and obese students (BMI≥25 kg/m2) consumed mineral water considerably less rarely (p<0,05) than students with proper body mass (BMI 18,5-24,9 kg/m2), but drunk threefold more frequently sweetened beverages – without stimulant additives (p<0,001). The most distinct difference concerned energy drinks, which were consumed 8,5-fold more frequently by youth with excessive body mass in comparison to the other peers (p<0,001). The results suggest that energy drinks are popular beverages among physically active students, but have the most important contribution in the diet of overweight and obese youth.
energy drinks, sweetened beverages, overweight, obesity, physical activity, high school students