Quebec consumers of sugary drinks likely to be teens, have poor oral health

Quebec consumers of sugary drinks likely to be teens, have poor oral health
Quebec consumers of sugary drinks likely to be teens, have poor oral health

Published on: April 20, 2017 | Last Updated: April 20, 2017 11:35 AM EDT

The Institut de la statistique du Québec says four in 10 Quebecers regularly consume various types of sweetened beverages.

The Institut de la statistique du Québec says four in 10 Quebecers regularly consume various types of sweetened beverages. Rich Pedroncelli / AP

Young Quebecers — from 15 to 17 years old — are large consumers of sugary drinks, the Institut de la statistique du Québec said Thursday.

The institute says their research shows four in 10 Quebecers regularly consume various types of sweetened beverages. Those people are more likely to be 15-t0-17-year olds (63 per cent) and/or men (52 per cent). Of those, 39 per cent consume fruit-flavoured drinks on a regular basis.

About half of Quebecers 15 and older consume soft drinks occasionally or regularly. Regular consumption is more common among men (33 per cent) than women (19 per cent), and among those from 45 to 64 years old (28 per cent).

For the purposes of this study, occasional use was defined as drinking a sweetened beverage “two or three times a month” or “once a week,” while regular consumption was for those who had two to six drinks a week, or one or more a day.

The study found fewer people consume energy drinks than other types of sweetened beverages. Occasional consumption of energy drinks is 4.3 per cent, and regular consumption just 1.8 per cent. Consumption is higher among 18-to-24-year-olds.

The study also found that consumption was higher among sedentary citizens, at 47 per cent; smokers, up to 57 per cent; those classified as in poor health; or who had poor oral health, at 49 per cent.

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