A Descriptive Study to Assess the Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice on Carbonated Soft Drinks and Their Effect on Health among Teenagers in Selected Educational Institutions of Mangalore

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Introduction: The Indian culture has accepted the habit of drinking carbonated soft drinks. As flavored carbonated beverages gained popularity, many people especially teenagers are used to the consumption of large quantities of soft drinks all through the day neglecting their normal food habits. Aim: To assess the knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) on carbonated soft drinks and their effect on health among teenagers. Materials and Methods: 100 students in the age group of 13–19 years were included in the study. A structured questionnaire was used to measure knowledge, 3-point Likert’s scale was used to find attitude and a check list was used to assess the practice. Results: Among teenagers, 13.8% had adequate knowledge, 23.55% had favorable attitude towards carbonated soft drinks and their effect on health. The favorable practice was shown by 28% of teenagers. Conclusion: Health education and primordial prevention would be the best way to create awareness and to adopt healthy life style and combat the problems associated with carbonated soft drink consumption among teenagers.


Soft drinks, Life style, Primordial prevention, Teens

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