Thursday, January 21, 2016

Study: Drinking Water Reduces Risk Of Childhood Obesity

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)– Offering water to young students may help reduce the risk of childhood obesity, according to a new study.

The latest research from the online issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics found that thousands of New York City School children lost weight and lowered their body mass index after self-serve water dispensers were placed in schools.

“We looked at over a million kids in just over 1,200 schools in grades K-8,” Brian Elbel, study co-author and associate professor at NYU Langone Medical Center, told CBS2’s Elise Finch. “They ended up being about four or five pounds lighter after the introduction of this intervention as compared to a kid in a school that didn’t get a water jet.”

Experts say the results could lead to a breakthrough in the battle against childhood obesity.

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