“Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health. The fundamental cause of obesity and overweight is an energy imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended” (World Health Organization, WHO). Also genetic factors determine the development of obesity. Overweight and obesity can lead to other health consequences, such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes or psychological effects.
Soft drinks and energy drinks are not responsible for obesity. They contribute less than 3% of calories to the average daily diet in Europe.
Overweight and obesity as well as their related health consequences are largely preventable through a healthy choice of foods and regular physical activity. Nutrition experts agree that it is important to consume foods and beverages from many different sources and in moderation. Of course, this is also true for energy drinks, which can be part of a balanced and varied diet as well as a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, like all foodstuffs, it is recommended to consume energy drinks in moderation.