Obesity in children and adolescents: Drinking water has a preventive effect

Forum drinking water registered association

Leipzig (ots)

About every sixth child in Germany is overweight, around six percent are even obese, i.e. morbidly obese. In addition to predisposition and a lack of exercise, an unhealthy diet with too much sugar and too much fat is identified as the main factor in this development. Regular consumption of sugary drinks in particular promotes obesity in childhood and adolescence. Drinking water or unsweetened teas could help prevent obesity.

15.4 percent of children and young people aged between three and 17 in Germany are overweight, and 5.9 percent of them are obese. In total, that’s almost two million children, boys and girls alike. These figures come from a long-term study on the health of children and adolescents by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). Particularly alarming: the older the children are, the higher the percentage. While about every tenth child among the three to ten year olds is overweight, among the eleven to 17 year olds it is even almost every fifth young person.

The prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents has increased more than eightfold over the past 40 years, according to the Children’s Health Foundation. “We now know that there is a connection between the consumption of sugary drinks and the risk of developing obesity or diabetes mellitus,” says Prof. Dr. Lars Libuda, Professor of Nutritional Science at the University of Paderborn. He refers to an analysis of international studies according to which the regular consumption of sugary drinks is responsible for about one fifth of the risk of obesity in childhood and adolescence.

Every child in Germany drinks an average of half a liter of sweetened soft drinks such as lemonade and sweetened fruit drinks per day. Insidious fatteners that contain up to seven sugar cubes per glass (250 ml). Nutrition experts therefore advise children to get used to drinking healthy alternatives such as water and unsweetened tea from an early age. “Drinking water is the best thirst quencher and doesn’t have a single calorie,” says Dr. Stefan Koch from Forum Drinking Water eV “Studies have shown that the high availability of water has a positive effect on its consumption. So if parents offer their children water more often and invite drinking water dispensers to drink in day-care centers and schools, this helps children and Adolescents drink less sugary drinks and the risk of obesity decreases.


“With the introduction of complementary food, small children should also be offered an additional drink. The drink of choice is water, because that way the children don’t even get used to sweets.” Prof. Dr. Lars Libuda, Professor of Nutritional Science at the University of Paderborn

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