Go easy on the cola: a boy in Guangzhou gets kidney disease after excessive pop intake

Posted: 03/18/2013 10:00 am

They say everything in moderation, and that old adage applies to carbonated drinks, too.

A 16 year-old boy in Guangzhou has has been hospitalized with kidney disease after drinking around 1,500 bottles of fizzy pop in six months and regularly staying up all night to play computer games, China Daily reported.

Li Fu’an works in a hotel and finishes his shift at 2 a.m. Often unable to sleep, he usually goes to an internet bar to play computer games to wind down. The combination of regularly staying up all night and drinking too many soft drinks has landed him in Liwan District Central Hospital.

A reporter from Yangcheng Evening News went to see the young migrant, who is originally from Lianzhou in Qingyuan. There is swelling all over his body, according to the reporter.

Li’s mother died when he was an infant and the illness has put a huge financial strain on his father.

Tang Donghui, a specialist from the hospital said Li should seek healthier ways of relieving stress.

The spotlight is on carbonated sodas these days, as a 30-year old woman from New Zealand has died after drinking 10 litres of Coke a day.


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