Obesity Prevention

If water is the key to weight loss, water is the key to wellness.

One of Way to Wellville's target areas is obesity reduction. Specifically, over 10 years, Way to Wellville, the Mary Black Foundation and its partners are committed to helping reduce childhood obesity by 3 percent and adult obesity by 5 percent. These are certainly attainable goals, but there are important actions, and changes of habit, that need to be made to meet them. So, what if everyone in the City of Spartanburg really did aspire to drink more water? High obesity rates would not only be reduced, but potentially prevented.

According to a recent article published in the Annals of Family Medicine, water is the key to weight loss. In a controlled study over three years, water was the single most effective tool to reducing Body Mass Index (BMI) and overall weight management.

The study found "a significant association between inadequate hydration and elevated BMI and inadequate hydration and obesity ... water, an essential nutrient, may deserve greater focus in weight management research and clinical strategies.

Water, easily available from the taps in our homes, is an important and often overlooked solution to many health challenges. For example, according to the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), BMI was higher every year between 1986 and 2002 among adults in the lowest income and education groups. We need a low-cost solution; tap water is inexpensive. Consider this: you can buy 50 8-ounce glasses of Spartanburg tap water for one penny.

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