A team of researchers has conducted a new study to determine how much water do young Americans drink on a daily basis.
According to the research, more than half of the teenagers and kids living in the United States don’t drink sufficient water.
The most alarming aspect the study suggests is that the almost 25% of the interviewed young Americans said they can go a whole day without drinking any water at all.
In order to come to these conclusions, the researchers examined data collected from almost 4,000 records of young boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 19.
The scientists who conducted the study obtained the data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
This survey is conducted every year by the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The doctors used urine osmolality, which is a way of measuring the concentration of some components found in urine. Using this method, the doctors were able to determine if the the young American subjects were suffering of dehydration.
According to the results of the study boys were 76% more likely to be dehydrated, compared to the young girls.
Erica Kenney, a researcher at the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard Chan School, explained that the findings of the study reveal a potential health problem that has not been analyzed accordingly before.
Kenney added that although for most of the young Americans, the fact that they don’t drink enough water does not seem an immediate health threat, it could affect them later in life if it continues.
Experts say that water is essential for many metabolic processes, and is extremely important for children, since they have an active lifestyle.
A mild case of dehydration could lead to stomach problems, irritability, reduced cognitive abilities and poor physical performance.
Sever cases of dehydration are extremely dangerous and can be fatal.
Steven Gortmaker, one of the lead authors of the study, said that we need to educate young Americans into drinking more water, since water is low-cost and doesn’t have any calories.
Drinking sufficient water can improve hydration and will help children and teenagers feel better and do better in school.
Experts believe that children and teenagers should drink more water because it can help them both physically and mentally.
Being properly hydrated from an early age encourages a better health later in life, researchers explained in their study.
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