As childhood obesity is increasing in developing and developed countries, a new study offers a very simple way by which it can be reduced.
The study published in the Journal JAMA Pediatrics
showed that installing water dispensers at schools promotes drinking water habit among children which in turn decreases the prevalence of childhood obesity.
‘Low-cost water intervention is associated with reduced BMI, obesity and overweight rates among schoolchildren due to increase in drinking water practices than carbonated drinks.’
Researchers conducted the study over 1 million kindergartens through 8th-grade students where they compared BMI of students in schools with and without the water dispensers, They found that schools with water jets saw a reduction in obesity among boys of almost 1% and.6% in girls after the dispensers were installed.
Researchers concluded that decreasing the amount of caloric beverages consumed and simultaneously increasing water consumption is important in promoting child health and reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity.
Reference: Amy Ellen Schwartz, Michele Leardo et al. "Effect of a School-Based Water Intervention on Child Body Mass Index and Obesity ,"JAMA Pediatr. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.3778