You consume 92 extra calories a day by not doing this one simple thing

“Our study demonstrates that US children and young adults should drink water every day to help avoid excess caloric and sugar intake.”

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A study published yesterday in JAMA Pediatrics establishes an alarming association with calorie intake and water deficiency.

The analytics were derived from dietary data from children and young adults in the 2011-2016 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (8400 children and young adults ages 2 to 19). A fifth of this study’s sample reported no water intake on a given day, the result of which is correlated with consuming 93 extra calories and an additional 4.5% extra calories from sodas, juices, and sports drinks, compared to respondents that reported drinking a serving of water greater than zero milliliters a day.


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The ramifications

“Our study demonstrates that US children and young adults should drink water every day to help avoid excess caloric and sugar intake,” the study’s authors report.

The age group observed by the researchers from The University of Pennsylvania is important, because as independent research as suggested in the past, children that are not introduced to habitual consumption of water early, are more likely to supplant their hydration needs with sugary beverages. This bad habit sets the stage for many grave health problems down the road because by and large, processed drinks provide a boatload of calories with very few nutrients to boot.

Jama Pediatrics study’s focuses on the adverse weight gain effect in particular, but the health consequences extend beyond our waistlines. A recent independent study of over 90,000 individuals over the course of eight years, posited that one to two cans of soda a day is associated with a 26% risk increase for type 2 diabetes. A separate study publsihed in the Journal Circulation, that tracked the health of 40,000 men for two decades motioned that individuals that averaged one can of soda a day had a 20% higher chance of having a heart attack or dying from a heart attack than men who rarely consumed sugary drinks. More broadly (and grimly) a study of 37,716 men and 80,647 women stated plainly, the higher the consumption of sugary drinks the greater the risk of premature death.

As a lone figure, 93 calories might not buffaloe you, but it starts to add up quickly when its a product of routine, saying nothing of the adverse impact the beverages young Americans are supplanting water wealth has on their overall wellness.


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CW Headley|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at cheadley@theladders.com.