Updated: Apr 10
Parents can play an important role in reducing child obesity by simply replacing fruit juices and fizzy drinks with ordinary water at the table.
A 2012 report (1) indicated an overweight and obesity prevalence of 13.5 percent for South African children aged 6 to 14 years, which is higher than the global prevalence of 10 percent in schoolchildren. World Obesity Week (October 15 to 19) specifically aims to raise greater awareness of the rising incidence of childhood obesity and the accompanying health risks, which include cardiovascular diseases, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure and diabetes. The good news is that research studies increasingly seem to indicate that children encouraged to drink water rather than beverages with added sugar, such as soft drinks, sports drinks and fruit juice drinks, can avoid becoming overweight (2).
Evian Spring Water provides a few tips to encourage children to drink water:
1. Make it a family affair
Ensure that water is the main drink in your home and lead by example. Make water a hero by telling your children about the health benefits (water keeps your skin looking good and your muscles energised) and they will quickly follow suit.
2. Make the best option the only option
Have bottled water easily available when your child feels thirsty. Bottled water, such as Evian, is has a low sodium content and balanced mineral composition that makes it the perfect drink for mothers and babies.
3. Ice Ice baby
Kids love ice! Whether it’s the coolness or the clinking sound it makes, it doesn’t matter. It’s exciting so add some ice and see if that does the trick!
4. When times get tough…
If you’re still not winning, why not add a few low sugar fruits (the berry family is a great choice) for a subtle sweetness. And they can eat the fruit once they’ve finished their water. Choose the water option and keep your family happy and healthy this summer!
(1) 2012 South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES-1)
SOURCE: STAFFORD BROS & DRAEGER.