Most in junior high get a sugar high daily: survey


TAIPEI, Taiwan — As many as 95 percent of junior high schoolers across Taiwan consume at least one sugary drink a day and 55.2 percent have two each day, according to a government survey released Friday.

The survey, conducted by the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s Health Promotion Administration, asked 6,273 junior high school students how many carbonated or other sugary drinks they had during a 30-day period last year.

A small number of those polled, 3.8 percent, said they had more than five sugary beverages each day. More boys responded that they had two or more drinks a day than girls did, the survey indicated.

Just 5.4 percent of respondents said they stay away from sugary beverages in favor of water.