Concerned that young people are too often reaching for energy drinks, 18-year-old Beth Slater wants to highlight their potential health risks when drunk excessively.
Her story was shown on ITV News Anglia on Thursday 6th November.
Beth, who’s from Harwich in Essex, hopes that by providing information about possible side effects, her campaign will prompt young people to reduce the quantity they consume.
‘I find it pretty disturbing to hear that 10 to 12-year-olds are having lots of energy drinks,’ says Beth.
‘I’m a bit worried about my brother’s intake, because he’s only young and is still developing.’
With Fixers, Beth is helping to create a film to show school and college students what the products contain.
She’s enlisted the help of healthcare professionals as she undertakes research for her project.
Nutritionist Fiona Mealing appears in Beth’s broadcast piece to support her Fix.
‘Because young children’s bodies are still developing, the symptoms may be more noticeable and stronger,’ explains Fiona.
‘It might be things like flushes, disturbed sleep, waking up at night, anxiety, agitation and depression, to more serious consequences such as a very rapid heartbeat.
‘If that happens excessively, that can lead to things like seizures, and in its most extreme form, cardiac arrest.’
With the help of Fixers, Beth created a film to highlight the dangers of excessive energy drink consumption.
You can watch Beth's Fixers film "THE WORLD'S WORST ENERGY DRINK || Energy Drink Dangers" below.
Beth adds: ‘What would make me feel good is if young people drank fewer energy drinks and were to go and tell their friends about the things that could happen.
‘It would be great to hear people talking about it.’
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Beth isn’t the only Fixer keen to improve young people’s health.
Former GBBO contestant Ali Imdad is steering students towards home cooking.