Water Dispensers In Schools Help Reduce Childhood Obesity

Posted: Jan 22 2016, 2:41pm CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Water Dispensers in Schools Help Fight Childhood Obesity
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It has been found that water dispensers in schools are a great tool in the battle against childhood obesity. Most of the students given the choice tend to drink water instead of soft drinks.

Many schools in the Big Apple had water dispensers installed in them. This was a step taken to counter the dangerous trend of childhood obesity and it seemed to work.

There was significant weight loss associated with the use of these self-service water outlets in cafeterias. The study was published in a journal. A million students were studied in 1227 junior and prep schools throughout the city of New York.

They were compared to those students in schools without water jets. The results showed a significant difference in weights between the two groups. It was all due to the provision of a steady supply of clean drinking water.

Weight management requires that a person stay hydrated, especially in summers. Water not only is a universal solvent but is required for all the biochemical processes of the human body.

75% of the human body is composed of water so you can well guess the importance of this liquid in the composition of body weight. While this intervention in eradicating childhood obesity is low-cost, it is just as effective as any costly plan.

The water jets provided in schools send a stream of water which can then be consumed by the students. Each unit costs only $1000 so the whole scheme is economical.

About 40% of the schools have had a few installed so the prognosis looks good for the future. A nation whose children are healthy will automatically produce a fit and mature set of adults in the future times.

The study, published online in the January 19th issue of JAMA Pediatrics, observed the students from 2008 to 2009 and again from 2012 to 2013. Everything from their heights to their weights and BMIs were tabulated into the overall data.

“This study demonstrates that doing something as simple as providing free and readily available water to students may have positive impacts on their overall health, particularly weight management,” says study senior investigator Brian Elbel, PhD, MPH, an associate professor in the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone and NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. “Our findings suggest that this relatively low-cost intervention is, in fact, working.”

A good change has definitely come about thanks to this plan. Although the weight lost by the youngsters was not so much as to be a cause for celebration, it was enough to be hopeful for the future.

Such high calorie beverages as soda pop, chocolate milk and sweet fruit juice can only worsen the phenomenon of childhood obesity.

But water is Nature’s beverage. It has no calories and is only beneficial for the human body. In fact, it may just be the best bet that these city children have against obesity.

“Decreasing the amount of caloric beverages consumed and simultaneously increasing water consumption is important to promote children’s health and decrease the prevalence of childhood obesity,” said Amy Ellen Schwartz, PhD, Director of the NYU Institute for Education and Social Policy and Daniel Patrick Moynihan Chair in Public Affairs at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

“Schools are a natural setting for such interventions.”

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