How Sugar Affects Your Kids

cheerful familyIf you have kids, you’ve probably been to an event where a conversation broke out expressing how the little ones have had too much sugar when they start running amuck.  It’s a long held belief that sugar makes kids go crazy.  Research however, indicates otherwise.  It seems that the anticipation of behavior, as expected by the parents, seems to be the only common tie binding the belief to reality.


In 1995, The Journal of the American Medical Association conducted a study entitled “The Effect of Sugar on Behavior or Cognition in Children: A Meta-Analysis.”  While over time there have been numerous claims about how sugar affects people, and in particular children, this has been one of the most thorough studies conducted.  The results of the study surprisingly substantiated the fact that sugar, as a generalization, does not have the crazy effects on kids that you might have been brought up to believe.  In short, subjects of all ages, from very young children to adults were studied; some were delivered substantial amounts of sugar, while others were administered a placebo.  When the study came to a conclusion, the results indicate that overall sugar does not cause hyperactivity or craziness in kids (barring any outlying allergy or sensitivity to the substance).

That’s not to say that you should just go buck wild on the Oreos and Sour Patch Kids.  Just because birthday cake doesn’t necessitate a straight jacket for sugar-crazy kids, you should still be on the lookout for the negative effects that certainly can be caused by the ingredient.  Even with the hyperactivity myth shot down by the study’s results, there are tons of reasons to steer away from the white stuff and go toward the leafy greens.

Crazy kids aside, here are some of the negative effects that can be caused when sugar overdoses become the norm:


One study by Harvard School of Public Health examines the effects of sugary drinks alone on a person’s weight.  The study showed that increasing sugary drinks alone increased the weight of the subjects that were reviewed.  Add to that candies and foods that are made with ample amounts of sugar, and you have a recipe for weight disaster.


In the words of Medical News Today, “Type 2 diabetes [occurs when] the body does not produce enough insulin for proper function, or the cells in the body do not react to insulin (insulin resistance).”  A large portion of Type 2 diabetes cases are the result of the aforementioned side effect of obesity.


Although gout is certainly uncommon in children, setting a pattern for a regularly high sugar diet is setting a path that can eventually lead to gout.  Gout is caused by a high uric acid in the body, which cannot be properly processed. It makes the joints incredibly painful when inflammation sets in.

Written by: Lana Titus, Creator of Rev Fitness


About the Author

Lana is a mother of 3 and the creator of Rev Fitness! After gaining 40lbs with her first daughter and struggling to lose the weight, Lana began her fitness journey. After learning how to properly eat and exercise she began sharing her knowledge with others as a personal trainer. She has appeared in numerous fitness magazines and worked as a fitness expert on many shows such as TLC’s Real Simple Real Life. As a mother of 3, Lana has struggled for many years at finding the best way to get a great workout and not feel bad about leaving her kids in front of a TV or left at a daycare with little supervision. This is where the idea for Rev Fitness was created. What makes Rev Fitness special is that adults can get the best workout possible in an energizing upscale environment while kids are also staying active.



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