Should sugary drinks be banned for under-18s?

Too much sugar can cause life-threatening diseases.

Should children be allowed to take this risk? Or is the pleasure from sugary drinks worth it?

Watch

Watch this video and consider the question: Should sugary drinks be banned for under-18s?

Watch a short intro to the debate: should sugary drinks be banned?

Discuss

Controversial issues in science make for great discussion topics. The following video shows students your age expressing a range of opinions about whether or not sugary drinks be banned for under-18s. Get together with your friends and discuss the issue!

Listen to secondary students debating the issue and join in the debate. What do you and your friends think?

Did you know?

  • A single half-litre bottle of fizzy drink can contain over 15 teaspoonfuls of sugar - more than twice the recommended daily amount.

  • If you regularly consume too much sugar you increase your risk of obesity, tooth decay and diabetes.

  • Rates of diabetes are growing: globally by 2030 over half a billion people are expected to have diabetes. That's 10% of the world’s adult population!