The controversy continues to fizz over soda consumption. Is it making us fat or are we the problem? Are alternative drinks any better? And what's really in those beverages we're letting our kids consume?

KING 5 s Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, a pediatrician at the Everett Clinic and known online as Seattle Mama Doc, shares some perspective.

Risks From Soda, Energy Drinks & Alcohol

  • Soda is known to contribute to unhealthy weight
  • Teens consume caffeinated energy drinks quickly
  • Caffeine in energy drink may be 2-3 times that of coffee
  • Energy drinks & alcohol pose serious health risks

What Parents Need To Know

  • Soda is known to contribute to weight gain
  • One third of 16 year-olds report drinking alcohol; one third of teens drink energy drinks
  • Energy drinks with caffeine, and alcohol, pose health risks
  • Kids get hooked on soda, vitamin waters, and energy drinks early
  • Advertisers may target young children & teens successfully


  • A fact sheet from the CDC about risks of caffeinated beverages
  • A blog post about Coca-Cola s anti-obesity advertising
  • An article about the risk energy drinks pose to teens
  • A pediatrics study on 10th graders and alcohol

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