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Harvard Study Finds Inadequate Hydration Among US Children

Mar 31 Technology & Innovation

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Healtyh, Boston, MA – More than half of all children and adolescents in the U.S. are not getting enough hydration—probably because they’re not drinking enough water—a situation that could have significant repercussions for their physical health and their cognitive and emotional functioning, according to the first national study of its kind from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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The study also found racial/ethnic and gender gaps in hydration status. Black children and adolescents were at higher risk of inadequate hydration than whites; boys were at higher risk than girls.

“These findings are significant because they highlight a potential health issue that has not been given a whole lot of attention in the past,” said lead author Erica Kenney, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard Chan School. “Even though for most of these kids this is not an immediate, dramatic health threat, this is an issue that could really be reducing quality of life and well-being for many, many children and youth.”

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Reference:
Dwyer, Marge. “Study Finds Inadequate Hydration among U.S. Children.” News. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Web. 23 May 2016.
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/study-finds-inadequate-hydration-among-u-s-children/