BEACON TRANSCRIPT – According to a new study, water jets can reduce the risk of obesity among school children by making them drink more water more often.
Obesity is one of the most spread conditions in the United States and given the statistics it looks like it affects more children than adults. The number of obese children is twice the number of obese adults. The main reason behind this is a diet consisting of large amounts of fat and sugary beverages.
Researchers from the NY University School of Medicine believe that replacing the usual sugary carbonated beverages from the kids’ diets with water, could lead to a decrease in obesity. Although it makes sense that water is healthier than sodas, how did the researchers discovered that water dispensers in schools could really influence the children’s diets?
They collected data from approximately 1,200 schools in New York. 483 of them have water dispensers while 744 didn’t. The findings showed that among the children from the schools with water jets there was a 0.9 percent decrease in obesity for boys and 0.6 for girls. Although the changes are small, they are not insignificant and show that water is indeed important.
Giving children more access to drinking water and less to sodas will obviously make them drink water when thirsty. Therefore, instead of installing vending machines with snacks and beverages, schools should install more water dispensers. Unlike what you can get from a vending machine, the water is for free and it is also a lot healthier.
Of course, improvements must be made in the cafeteria food as well and deserts should be replaced with fruits. Also, commercial snacks shouldn’t be available in schools as they encourage children to consume unhealthy products. Instead, they should be able to find in cafeterias fruits and natural fruit-juices to drink with their meal, instead of sugary carbonated beverages.
When you think about how simple this solution is, making water more available in schools, you almost wonder why people haven’t thought of it earlier. Plus, water should be made available for free not only in schools but also in other public institutions and most importantly on the street. In this way, when someone is thirsty they will stop by the water dispenser to take a sip rather than stop by the store to buy a coke.
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