Children and Water

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Children and teenagers who regularly drink soft drinks and other sweetened drinks are more likely to be overweight. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the health benefits of water in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Drinking water is the best way to quench your thirst. Even better, it doesnt come with all the sugar found in fruit juice drinks, soft drinks and even sports drinks.

Without water, your body would stop working properly. Water makes up more than half of your body weight and a person cant survive for more than a few days without it.

Sports drinks, sodas, energy drinks and juice drinks contain no nutritional value, and can pack on the calories. They have been linked to excessive weight gain and other health related problems. One 12-ounce soft drink has the equivalent of 10 packets of sugar.

Here are some things you can do to encourage your child to drink more water:

Pack a water bottle whenever your child goes out

In summer, pack a frozen water bottle in your childs lunch box, and

Dont keep sweetened drinks at home

Drinking water is always the best drink choice. It is good for our overall health,

and it is calorie free.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.