Water Habits While Growing Up Can Fight Obesity
It’s an age old debate: Nature vs. nurture. It’s no doubt that all living things by nature crave water. However, when growing up with a fridge full of Kool-Aid and Coke, nature take its course.
One in every five calories consumed is from a liquid. This says a lot then about how what we choose to drink affects our weight. So, developing and promoting water drinking habits can literally be a life-saver- as well as a self-esteem saver. In fact, the first three years of life are crucial in developing these healthy habits says the Pediatric Dentistry Association. American kids today are more obese than ever, and parents are blaming McDonald’s, soda bottlers, candy companies and video games. While things like things can indeed play a serious role in weight gain, parenting habits can have much to do with it as well. Children pass the water fountains at school to make it to the soda machines. And, kids will open the refrigerator door- which may contain a fresh and filtered water dispenser- to grab a glass of something sugary. Kids think water has no flavor. And, it’s not a cool color either. These habits are hard to break, and in fact, many adults do not get enough water either. But, promoting water drinking in kids could help make a positive change in the entire family.