Forbes, January 17, 2016
In light of President Barack Obama declaring a state of emergency over the polluted water supply in Flint, Michigan, should obesity be a concern in Flint? What does safe drinking water have to do with obesity, you may ask? Efforts to improve water supplies and to curb obesity have been historically separate. However, might a shortage of good drinking water be a factor in the rise of obesity?
Where safe drinking water is not readily available, alternative, less healthy sources of hydration may fill the void. Studies in the have found have found that perception of unsafe tap water leads to increased consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. The Center for Poverty Research at the University of California-Davis studied two low-income rural towns in California’s Central Valley that had histories water monitoring violations.
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