Water at lunchtime may curb obesity in kids

Water at lunchtime may curb obesity in kids

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Getting kids to drink water with their school lunches could help keep their weight in check and it could save the U.S. billions in obesity-related costs.

Researchers calculated the effects of going nationwide with a pilot program tested in New York city schools between 2009 and 2013. Placing water dispensers in school cafeterias led kids to drink three times more water at lunch and that was linked to a small but significant decline in their risk of being overweight a year later.

University of Illinois researchers claim doing the same nationwide could prevent more than a half-million kids from becoming overweight or obese.
The cost of expanding the program to all schools in the U.S. would be about $18 per student between kindergarten and 12th grade but the total savings would be $13B, according to the study.

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