Over Half of US’s Kids are Dehydrated: Study

Published By : 15 Jun 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Over half of the United States teenagers and children are dehydrated, according to a new study by a team of researchers at Harvard. The results of the study also reveal that an astounding 25 per cent of the kids do not drink water on a daily basis.

The national study was published late last week in the American Journal of Public Health. The initial aim of the researchers was to examine the impact of the consumption of sugary beverages such as fruit juices and soda on adolescents. The researchers evaluated the data on over 4,100 participants between the ages of 6 to 19 in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey for the period of 2009 to 2012 and found that most kids in the United States are mildly dehydrated. 

The team of researchers discovered that black adolescents and boys are most likely not to drink water. Black children were 34 per cent more likely to be dehydrated compared to white, Asian American, or Hispanic children and boys were an astounding 75 per cent more likely to be inadequately hydrated than girls. 

Erica Kenney, lead author of the study said in a statement that the findings of the study were significant and relevant because they shed light on a potential health concern which has not, in the past, been given enough attention. Erica Kenney added that even though this might not be an immediate or dramatic health issue for most of the kids in the study, it is nevertheless a threat that can have a really adverse effect on the well being and quality of life of many youth and children.

It is in school during biology class that kids learn that the over 60 per cent of the average adult human body is made up of water and that the heart and the brain are almost three-fourths water. 
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